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An Update from us on COVID-19

We at the Paterson Alliance hope that everyone is safe and healthy during this troubling time. Given everything that is happening in the country, there are a few updates: 

  • The Paterson Alliance office is closed. We are practicing social distancing and working from home. 
  • There is a schedule change for the next monthly meeting.The Meet the Funders meeting originally scheduled for April 9th has been moved to June 11th. 
  • The Extra Mile Awards Luncheon has been moved from May to October 15th. 
  • We are still available for assistance!Feel free to reach out if there is anything that Paterson Alliance can help you with.

      Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if we can help! 

  • Complete the 2020 Census.With everyone self-quarantining, it is the perfect time to complete the census, either online, phone, or mail. 

 All the Best,

The Paterson Alliance Team

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Paterson Alliance members are in the forefront providing assistance and resources to families in Paterson and Passaic County during the COVID-19 Crisis. Thank you for all you Do!

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Community Development Block Grant Presentation

October 2019

Community Development Block Grants were the main topic at the Paterson Alliance membership meeting on September 12, 2019. City of Paterson Economic Director Michael Powell along with New Jersey Community Development Corporation's CEO and founder Bob Guarasci and Director of Real Estate Michael Cassidy lead the discussion and provided our members with a wealth of information about Community Development Block Grants and how to successfully apply for them. 

A brief overview was followed by an informative Powerpoint presentation.  After the main presention the presenters  held a lively Q & A session where Paterson Alliance members in attendance received even more valuable information about CDBG's. Paterson Alliance would like to thank Mr. Guarasci, Mr. Cassidy and Director Powell for sharing their knowledge and experience and for allowing us to provide this valuable information to our members. We would also like to thank Bob Guarasci, Michael Cassidy and NJCDC for allowing Paterson Alliance to post a copy of of the CDBG Review Powerpoint Presentation below.


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Paterson Alliance Grant Opportunity - Applications due July 31, 2019

July 21, 2019

Thanks to an anonymous donor Paterson Alliance is able to offer our member organizations the opportunity to apply for a grant ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. To qualify for a grant your organization must meet the follwing eligibility requirements:

  • Organization must be a Paterson Alliance Member in good standing
  • Organization must have 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status
  • Annual Operating budget must be less than $500,000
  • Grant seeker is required to make a short presentation to the Paterson Alliance Board.


Please click the link for complete details and to download a Paterson Alliance 2019 Grant Application. Please submit on or before July 31, 2019.



Paterson Alliance and ‘Think Pre-K’ Help Expand Early Childhood Education


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December 11, 2017 at 4:56 PM

 PATERSON, NJ- An effort to increase Pre-K enrollment among three and four year old Paterson children is working, according to a report by the Paterson Alliance.

The “Think Pre-K” campaign, initiated by the Paterson Alliance, and funded by The Nicholson Foundation, set a goal of increasing enrollment by 100 more registrations on October 15, 2017 than on the same date a year previous. Through a three-pronged approach, which included creating a map to show where spaces existed compared to where eligible children reside, launching a strategic outreach campaign in four languages, and placing nine “navigators” across Paterson to help parents better understand the value of early childhood education, the campaign exceeded its goal with enrollment increasing by 337 children.

While studies show that children who attend pre-K are more prepared for kindergarten and do better in school the impact goes well beyond academics. “Every dollar spent on early childhood education saves $7 on social service costs in later years,” said Inge Spungen, Director, Paterson Alliance. However, whether it’s issues of logistics related to getting children to school, culture, or lack of spaces in proximity to their home many parents still are not enrolling their children.

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Life getting better for Paterson's poorest kids

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on December 10, 2015 at 12:25 PM, updated December 10, 2015 at 2:27 PM


PATERSON — Cecilia Zalkind, executive director of Advocates for Children of New Jersey, remembers when her organization presented the results of the first Paterson Kids Count in 2011.

"It was not a pretty picture," she said.

The report, a statistical profile of children in the city, showed the sobering effects of the pervasive poverty in Paterson on academic and health outcomes. But four years later, there have been some victories.

Advocates for Children of New Jersey presented the second edition of Paterson Kids Count [pdf] on Thursday, and while many of the issues identified four years ago persist, the report showed gains in the number of children receiving free school breakfasts, getting access to health care and passing state literacy tests. Zalkind credited the Paterson Alliance, a coalition of city non-profit agencies, with focusing on the three measures.

$2.5M grant to grow school-based community programs in Paterson

The federal government is giving Paterson schools $2.5 million to expand a program to provide medical and social services to students and their families within school buildings.

"You took small bites at issues that had a possibility of being successful, and ultimately will impact on those bigger issues," Zalkind said to a crowd of advocates, educators and parents at the Brownstone.

School breakfast

The participation rate in Paterson's school breakfast program is now 93 percent, tops among large, urban districts in New Jersey, according to the report. In 2011, city schools were feeding only 27 percent of the 21,000 children who qualified for free or reduced-cost meals.

Health insurance

There were 4,000 uninsured children in Paterson in 2010. That figure has since dropped to 1,800. The report credits Paterson Alliance members who held enrollment drives and publicized the availability of coverage and asked community organizations to enroll clients in NJ Family Care. The numbers also got a boost in 2013, when Gov. Chris Christie opted the state into the federal Medicaid expansion.


City students were in a huge hole in 2010, with only 31 percent of city third graders passing state literacy tests. The numbers aren't much better, but they have improved, up to 37 percent in 2014. Charter schools have shown an even larger improvement, with passing rates up 25 percent to 55 percent over the same period.

These improvements are worth celebrating, Zalkind said, but Paterson has plenty of issues to focus on going forward:

  • 41 percent of Paterson children live in poverty, a figure that likely undercounts the number of struggling city families, since the federal poverty level doesn't account for the higher cost of living in New Jersey, Zalkind said.
  • The number of children receiving food stamps is up 16 percent from 2010 to 2014.
  • There were 246 children admitted to the hospital for asthma in 2013, up 24 percent from 2010.
  • The number of children who were victims of proven child abuse or neglect rose 19 percent from 2009 to 2013.
  • Athough Paterson has full-date, state-funded preschool, only 72 percent of eligible 3- and 4-year-olds attend.

Moving forward, the Paterson Alliance is focusing on the latter point. The organization commissioned consultant Nina Sazer O'Donnell to create a plan to boost pre-K enrollment.

"We all have one goal, and that is to make sure that our children are successful."

O'Donnell's study found that many working families have trouble fitting pre-K programs into their scheduled because they only run six hours a day. Many can't afford to pay for child care before and after these programs.

In addition, many parents who don't speak English, particularly those who speak Bengali and Arabic, are unaware they have access to free pre-K. O'Donnell recommends starting Pre-K programs in targeted neighborhoods and increasing outreach to Paterson's various immigrant groups to boost enrollment.

Leah Dade, executive director of the Paterson Alliance, said the group would meet soon to set more goals based on the 2015 data.

"We all have one goal, and that is to make sure that our children are successful," she said.