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2011-03-03-The-Work-Family-Connection-22nd-Anniversary-Press

For Immediate Release:
Contact Venetia Weeks
(908)-832-0156

The Work-Family Connection Celebrates 22 Years of Quality Programs for Kids.

The Work-Family Connection, is a not-for-profit educational organization founded in April 1989, that has been operating before and after school programs, vacation/holiday programs, kindergarten extended-day programs, and summer camps. The programs currently operate in Essex, Hunterdon, Morris, and Union Counties, serving approximately 2000 children ages 3 thru 17.  New programs are being added each year.

 Aurora Pipeling, Executive Director and Founder of The Work-Family Connection, recognized a need 22 years ago when parents began asking what it would take to develop high-quality programs in their children’s schools.  Consequently, The Work-Family Connection was formed as a grass roots response to these emerging needs. At no cost to a school district, The Work-Family Connection sets up the programs, purchases supplies, hires and trains staff, receives and collects tuition, performs all administrative functions and manages all day-to-day operations.   Aurora Pipeling tells us:  “The demand for programs is overwhelming and growing everyday.  Evidence to this need is that The Work-Family Connection has grown through word of mouth alone, expanding from one single school to soon to be 30 programs, and is still growing thanks to enrichment such as Homework Club, Spanish Club, Drama Club, Fashion Shows, Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day, Cooking Club, Sports Club, Field Trips, and Summer Camps offering the highest standards of excellence.”

“Parents expect enrichment programs, homework tutoring, computers, science, and sports in a well-supervised environment, preferably in school buildings.  The Work-Family Connection’s philosophy is to provide a structured yet relaxed atmosphere and to also promote and teach essential life skills such as decision making, conflict resolution, negotiation, socialization, problem solving, and good self-esteem.” Says Aurora Pipeling, describing the balance of activities these programs offer.

With a professional employee base of more than 100 personnel, the organization has also played a key role in workforce development in Hunterdon, Essex,  Morris and Union counties since 1989.  One employee, Karen Schultz, joined the organization in 1993, and 18 years later is still teaching kindergarten for The Work-Family Connection’s Wrap -Around kindergarten program in Clinton Township’s Spruce Run Elementary School.

Over the years, The Work-Family Connection has developed it’s own state of the art registration and tracking software, to enable parents to easily register their children online for all of the enrichment programs.   The organization is recognized nationally as a leader in the field of After School Programs, and Aurora Pipeling is a trained endorser for the NAA (National Afterschool Association), visiting other after school programs across the country, accrediting in accordance with the 36 Quality Standards of After School Programs.   For more information on The Work-Family Connection visit www.workfamily.org or call (908) 534-5935 xt10.

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