MFEE, Montclair Public Schools and THE MCCYC Host Mini-Conference


The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE), the Montclair Public Schools, and The Montclair Community Council for Young Children (MCCYC) are excited to launch “You Got This!”, an engaging mini-conference for Montclair families with young children on Sunday, October 28, from 1:30PM – 5:30PM at Nishuane Elementary School (32 Cedar Avenue).

The organizers (L-R:) Dr. Beverly Lynn, CEO of Programs for Parents; Dr. Kendra Johnson, Superintendent of Montclair Public Schools, Masiel Rodriquez-Vars, Executive Director of Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE)

You Got This! will provide caregivers with some tools — and inspiration! — for confidently parenting the whole child. The event will allow parents to choose from a menu of workshop offerings and connect them to the wealth of parenting resources in Montclair and Essex County. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet other parents, so they don’t take this rollercoaster ride alone. The event is free, and registration will open in September online at

Dr. Beverly Lynn, CEO of Programs for Parents, says that MCCYC, (one of their newest initiatives), is excited to partner with MFEE and the Montclair Public Schools to ensure that parents are equipped with tools to foster the success of their children’s education in Montclair.

“The power of early education and the impact it can have on children is truly remarkable,” says Montclair Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Kendra Johnson. “I welcome this new mini-conference, which will support parents/guardians and assist them to connect with the many resources available in Montclair and our county. The district embraces the creation of a wide net to develop lasting relationships with experts in the field of early education, community support groups, and our parent/guardian advocacy. Let’s work to make this first conference a huge success!”

You Got This! is the perfect counterpart to MFEE’s Life After High School Mini-Conference, which was held in January 2018. The award-winning conference offered teens (and their caregivers) tools and inspiration for living post-high school life with the confidence to try new things, take risks, and build support networks. You Got This! will focus on many of the same social and emotional issues that come with parenting, as well as offer tools and resources to help parents give their children a strong educational foundation.

“Our hope is to spark connections for parents,” says MFEE Executive Director Masiel Rodriquez-Vars. “We want parents to connect to a new person, a new idea, and a new resource. If they walk away feeling like they got a warm hug, a high-five, and an energy boost to return to the marathon of parenting, then we will have succeeded!”

Educational childcare, transportation, and dinner will be provided. .

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