CHSofNJ Alert: COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus
For Children & Families We Serve or Those in Need of Services
As of March 24, 2020, CHSofNJ facilities/programs will be offering most of our services in redesigned ways from remote sites, provided to the best of our ability by phone and other IT platforms (due to COVID-19). Please note that the State of New Jersey, County of Mercer, and the City of Trenton have declared a State of Emergency. In accordance with those directives, CHSofNJ is limiting person-to-person contact and providing for social distancing. Our Mercer County WIC office (416 Bellevue Ave, Trenton, NJ), will remain open with limited and adjusted services and schedules. Our Child Care Resource and Referral Program (CCR&R) (1433 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ), in Ocean County is open, but has suspended all face to face interaction.
Many area school districts are closed, including Trenton Public Schools. CHSofNJ Head Start/Early Head Start centers, which follow the Trenton school calendar, will be closed for child care. Head Start staff have emailed individualized teaching strategies to enrolled families, and staff will continue to provide content area services. Head Start Teachers and Family Advocates will telephone families regularly to provide teaching support and answer questions or concerns parents may have. During and after school programming in Trenton schools will be closed as well. Head Start/Early Head Start and school-based staff are available for supportive services and
CHSofNJ’s Mercer County WIC program will mail food vouchers to the mailing address provided by enrolled participants to ensure low-income pregnant and postpartum women and their infants and children up to age five in Mercer County continue to receive nutritious foods. The office will have limited staff, but will remain open at 416 Bellevue Avenue, Trenton NJ. WIC will be operating between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:00 pm Monday through Friday. WIC will be utilizing a “drive-thru/walk-thru” option when picking-up benefits only. All clients, regardless of which clinic they normally go to, can use the “drive-thru/walk-thru” when reloading their benefits. Initial Certification is limited to newborn 8 weeks old or less and
other categories on a case-by-case basis.
We are closely monitoring the situation, and assure you that our staff is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of those we serve. Should you or anyone in your household feel sick (fever, cough, shortness of breath), or have contact with someone who is symptomatic for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, we ask that you please contact your doctor immediately and contact us to cancel any existing CHSofNJ appointments in our office or your home. As much as possible, our staff is working to accommodate appointments via telephone to ensure your child still receives the services he or she needs.
We will provide updates via our website, social media, and direct contact to staff and participants should the provision of services be adjusted.
We encourage you to adhere to recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding symptom recognition; proper handwashing; disinfection; avoiding close contact with others; and more. Please visit https://www.who.int/ or https://www.cdc.gov/ to learn more about how you can protect yourself and your family.
Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to keep our community healthy.
For immediate assistance or other questions find contact information for specific programs below:
● Kinship Services: 800-396-4518
● Adoption and Birth Parent Counseling Services: Call or Text (609) 802-1865
● Family Success Centers and Maternal Child Health: (609) 477-9955
● CHSofNJ Mercer WIC: Schedule an appointment (609) 498-7755
● Ocean Child Care Resource and Referral Program: (732) 557-9633
Everyone stay well.