FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday August 21, 2013

Christie Administration Announces Nearly $600,000 in CSBG Grants to Assist in Safeguarding Head Start Centers Throughout New Jersey

CSBG Funding Will Provide Critical Security Measures for Child Care Centers Throughout the State

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III today announced approximately $600,000 in Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding to nonprofits that administer Head Start programs across the state. These funds will be used to implement and strengthen security at these child care facilities. Head Start programs offer comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services to households at 125% of the federal poverty level. The Division of Housing and Community Resources, through the Office of Community Action, administers the federal CSBG Program, which awards funds to agencies for the provision of health, education, employment, housing and other services to help move families with low-incomes toward greater self-sufficiency in New Jersey. 

“I am pleased that DCA is providing the necessary resources to help build the capacity of these nonprofits,” said Commissioner Constable. “These funds will help child care centers to become as safe as they can be for the children, staff and families that participate in these programs.”

DCA will provide funding to these nonprofits towards the purchase and installation of security systems at their locations. The security measures will range from the installation of security hardware such as surveillance systems, keyed or tamper-proof window locks, locking systems, deadbolts doors, and shatter-proof windows and doors. These improvements will enhance the overall safety of these facilities and programs.

The Division of Housing and Community Resources is committed to strengthening and revitalizing communities through the delivery of affordable housing, supportive services and the provision of financial and technical assistance to communities, local government and community based organizations. For more information, visit





Greater Bergen Community Action Agency



Installation of doors with high-security locking systems, buzzer/bell intercom system, surveillance system and burglar alarm

Burlington Community Action Program



Purchase and installation of security doors, panic buttons, intercom system, two-way radios and biometric fingerprint access system

East Orange Child Development Center



Installation of new surveillance cameras and security doors

The Leaguers



Purchase of security systems, panic buttons, and lockdown  capabilities

Bayonne Economic Opportunities Foundation



Purchase and installation of security cameras and video recorders




Installation of a building-wide intercom system

Jersey City Child Development Centers



Installation of surveillance systems, intercom and buzzer system, new entrance door with shatter-proof glass and panic bar locking system

North Hudson Community Action Program



Installation and upgrade surveillance systems




Installation of additional security cameras, panic buttons, and new lock system




Installation of alarm panic buttons, exterior door access key switches, security doors with safety glass, security cameras and classroom door keypads

Center for Family Resources



Installation of security and surveillance equipment

Somerset Community Action Program



Installation of a surveillance system, security alarm and shatter/bullet resistant glass in doors and windows and two-way radios


Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Salem


Installation of equipment, including microphone and amplifier, speakers and emergency lighting throughout


Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex, Warren


Purchase of keyless entry systems, mobile safety devices, panic buttons and security monitoring systems

Union Township Community Action Organization



Purchase of high-security locking system equipment, video management surveillance system, shatterproof doors, panic buttons and intercom and public address system




Tammori Petty
Sean Conner
(609) 292-6055