What is the Center for Family Resources?

Center for Family Resources, Inc. (CFR) is a private, non-profit community organization that is dedicated to promoting the general well-being of all children and their families. We strive to build partnerships with families and the community in order to provide high-quality comprehensive child development and family strengthening services.

Currently, we offer a Head Start program serving income-eligible children ages 3 to 5 years and an Early Head Start program serving income-eligible children ages 2 months to 3 years and pregnant women from the towns of Ringwood, West Milford, Woodland Park, Wanaque, Bloomingdale, Pompton Lakes, Wayne, Haledon, Prospect Park, Clifton, Totowa, North Haledon, Hawthorne, and Little Falls within Passaic County, NJ.


Community Services - 37 years
Management Team Experience - 68 years
Education Team Experience - 146 years
Social Service Team Experience - 93 years

Mission Statement

Center for Family Resources is dedicated to:

  • Developing collaborations between parents and professionals to promote the general well-being of young children and their families.
  • Meeting the child development needs of young children, families, and communities through early care and education.
  • Obtaining community support for income-eligible children, including culturally diverse children and children with special needs.

Vision Statement

  • Providing Early Care and Education
  • Supporting Families
  • Building Partnerships
  • Promoting Healthy Communities

Program Governance

There is a Program Governance structure in place at the Center for Family Resources to support the delivery of quality services to children and families, and to support the meaningful role of parents in shared decision-making. Parents are able to participate in developing and implementing local program policies, activities, and services. The structure consists of Parent Committees, the Policy Council, and the Board of Directors.

Parent Committee

Any parent and or guardian, whose child is currently enrolled in Head Start is a member of the Parent Committee, at the site where his/her child attends. Each Parent Committee meets once per month either at the site your child attends or at a location convenient to participants. Refreshments are served at these meetings.

During the Parent Committee meetings, parents can arrange for trainings specific to their own needs and interests and help teachers choose field trips. Each Parent Committee elects representatives and alternates. This is an opportunity for parents to connect with other parents at their site.

Check out the events calendar for the next parent committee meeting for your site.

Policy Council

The Policy Council is composed of elected parent representatives from each of the Center for Family Resources sites as well as Community Representatives. Each Parent Committee elects representatives and alternates in October of each year. It is necessary to have at least 51% of the members of the Policy Council be parents or guardians of currently enrolled children.

The Policy Council Representatives elect their own officers:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Policy Council representatives attend monthly meetings at the Ringwood site on Thursday mornings. The Policy Council’s main responsibility is to participate in developing policies and procedures for the operation of all phases of the Head Start program.

The Parent Involvement Specialist provides the Policy Council parents with technical support. Participating parents will receive reimbursement any incurred expenses, such as child care. Mileage will be reimbursed when using your own vehicle.

Board of Directors

The Center for Family Resources’ Board of Directors consists of parent representatives, community representatives, and the Executive Director. To become a member of the Board of Directors, you must be elected by the Parent Committee. Elections are held in September each year. The Board of Directors’ main responsibility is to set goals and oversee legal and fiscal operations of the program. The Board of Directors meets once a month at the Ringwood site on Friday afternoons. Participating parents will receive reimbursement any incurred expenses, such as child care. Mileage will be reimbursed when using your own vehicle.

A WORD FROM Executive Director

As I reflect on our commitment to low-income children and families over the past few years, it is
rewarding to know that Center for Family Resources has continued its efforts to support families on
their path to improved lives which are independent, self-reliant and resourceful. At the same time, we
have prepared children prenatal to 5 years of age to achieve success when they begin elementary

Over the past couple of years, Center for Family Resources has entered into a partnership with the
Clifton School district to provide pre-k full day classes for four-year-olds as well as continue to facilitate
three inclusive classrooms at Clifton School 14. In addition, we have opened the Highlands Family
Success Center which offers support and guidance for all families in the Upper Passaic County region.
There is still much work for us to do to ensure that all families and children are successful in their
pursuits. We continue to investigate and search for sources that will assist us in our mission and vision
in the years to come. We thank all of the organizations, community members and volunteers who have
helped us succeed over these last few years and plan new endeavors for the future.

Elaine V. Ruhl

Executive Director – Center for Family Resources
Elaine Ruhl


Comprehensive Services

We support children’s growth and development in a positive learning environment through a variety of services.

Serving the Community since 1980

We have reached over 15,000 families through the years!

Knowledgeable Staff

We pride ourselves on continued professional development for all staff.

Community Involvement

We partner with over 30 community organizations to provide the best for our families.

It's FREE!

Head Start and Early Head Start programming is free for income eligible families.

Community Impact

Community Resources