Parent Education and Workshops. Coastal Communities Family Success Center utilizes direct outreach, referrals from other organizations and in-house classes and workshops both in English and Spanish to facilitate economic education of the area's diverse populations. These programs and activities assist families by improving their life and job skills. We promote community well-being by encouraging behaviors that lead to safer, healthier and more prosperous neighborhoods. Our measurement tools include post surveys and pre and post tests to gauge increased knowledge, as well as follow-up with participants to document how the classes and workshops have affected their behavior and lifestyle. Below is a snippet of what is currently offered.

A R E N T  E D U C A T I O N

Building Babies Brains

  • Explores the importance of activities which stimulate a baby's brain
  • Illustrates how to enhance the bonding and attachment between parents and children
  • Includes a review of baby's health care basics to ensure good growth and development
  • Provides parents with the opportunity to develop and participate in activities themselves as well as share information about their own experiences as they implement each session into their daily lives
  • Consists of one session per week for four weeks and acts as a support group as well
  • Parents spend one half hour at the end of each class reading to their children

English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • Classes and one-on-one tutoring are conducted through a Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County trained instructor to address all levels of English proficiency from basic, beginning and intermediate through advanced English.

Community Garden Health & Nutrition Class

  • Meets thrice weekly April through October
  • Tour Community Garden
  • Learn how to plant and cultivate spices and vegetables
  • Learn how to prepare, cook and store vegetables
  • Learn the nutritional value of healthy meal planning
  • Enhance pride in the community
  • Share recipes using items nurtured and grown


SHRED! Camp with Jab, an ACE certified personal trainer and wellness coach

  • This class is for all fitness levels and is designed to burn fat, increase stamina, strengthen the core, and build lean muscle
  • The goal is for everyone to have fun and get a dynamic workout in a motivating environment

Mindfulness Mandalas: A mandala is an integrated structue organized around a unifying center. With mindful intentions we'll:

  • Create mandalas to help center your focus and relax your mind
  • Work toward focusing your awareness on the present moment
  • Calmly acknoledge and accept one's feelings, thoughts, and body sensations while creating art represetative of the moment

Family Matters: Healthy Relationship Workshop

  • Educates couples on positive communication and conflict resolution
  • Demonstrates how to strengthen the connection between you and your partner

Healthy Habits for Children

  • Discusses the importance of nutrition and oral hygiene in children obesity

Bullying Prevention Workshop

  • A presentation in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Awareness month

Breast Cancer Awareness Workshop

  • This program recognizes National Breast Cancer Awareness month and explores prevention

Healthy Habits for Children

  • A health educator discusses the importance of nutrition and oral hygiene in children with a special emphasis on reducing childhood obesity

Heart Disease Workshop

  • A VNAHG educator discusses the risks of heart disease and how a healthy diet and life can reduce those risks

Women's Leadership Workshop

  • Women come together and discuss health related topics
  • Empower one another as they make informed decisions and establish themselves in leadership roles
  • Identify supports within the community and reinforce collaborative partnerships with other organizations

HIV/Aids Workshop

  • Designed to raise awareness about HIV/Aids prevention

Creative Cooking

  • No bake creative recipes
  • Families engage in a hands-on class designed to introduce the fun in baking without baking!
  • Promotes family bonding, socialization, receipt reeading, and individual creativity

Mini-greenhouse Garden Workshop

  • Hosted by the Monmouth County Parks Dept., this free, fun, and easy workshop teaches families about seedlings and planting
  • Families prepare and plant seedlings for planting at the 7th Ave. Community Garden in May
  • Provides information on planting, offers community socialization, and is a fun family activity

Cooking Healthy 101

  • Families learn to make diet and exercise two equal parts of a healthy lifestyle
  • Defines the major food groups and the importance of creating balance
  • Families discover healthy recipes and cooking techniques
  • Families create healthy recipes in class and learn how to incorporate physical activity into their every day routine
  • All ingredients and tools provided

Bring an apron if you like!

Make the Switch! Do you know how much fat is in your milk? It's not the "good" kind!

  • Educates parents and caregivers on how to reduce the amount of saturated fat in their children's diets by making the "switch" from whole milk and dairy products to 1% or less dairy products

Kid Friendly Vegetables: Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring

  • Spin the color wheel and pick a color for a vegetable in season
  • Race against time to name all the ways you can use the veggies in your family meals

Exploring Culinary Arts

  • Create a 3 course meal . . . Healthy Style!
  • Create fresh and flavourful recipes
  • Work together with other families in a fun, hands-on environment led by our Executive Director

Stress Awareness Workshop-Stress is unavoidable but effective management of stress is a choice.

  • Hosted by a licenses massage therapist
  • Learn new stress reducing techniques and share ones that work for you
  • Learn to take time out daily for yourself and invest in creating balance in your life
  • Learn self-massage techniques you can do at home

Financial Workshop

  • Implemented in conjunction with Investors Savings Bank, H&R Block and Bank of America
  • Teaches the importance of opening and maintaining bank accounts
  • Explains how to read and understand bank statements and understand debit cards
  • Emphasizes the importance of maintaining and updating important documentation relating to finances

Budget Workshop

  • Implemented in conjunction with local banks
  • Teaches participants the importance of establishing a budget to help them better manage their incomes and every day expenditures
  • Focuses on household, healthcare, food, and transportation expenses, as well as unexpected financial surprises

Library Tour

  • Promotes importance of reading and literacy
  • Focuses on resources available at the Long Branch Free Public Library
  • Includes information on resources and programs available to adults and children

Lead Poison Workshop

  • Implemented and held in conjunction with Monmouth County Department of Health
  • Teaches participants how to identify possible sources of unsafe lead levels within the home and diet
  • Learn to identify the symptoms of lead poisoning in children and adults
  • Identifies where to go for help

When to Call the Doctor and When to Go to the Emergency Room

  • Implemented by the Monmouth County Department of Health
  • Teaches participants when it is appropriate to call the doctor or go to the emergency room
  • Provides parents with medical journals to help them manage healthcare information, such as records and appointments for all family members 

Men's Health Workshop

  • Amerigroup Real Solutions offers this workshop to address health topics specifically for men
  • Discussion of health risks
  • Health screenings provided
  • Offers healthy lifestyle tips for men
  • Encourages male engagement in the Family Success Center

Chronic Diseases

  • Visiting Nurse Association Health Group discusses men's and women's heart health
  • Topics include heart disease, healthy diet, smoking and cancer
  • Offers preventative tips and lifestyle choices


  • Parents teach and learn the creative art of crochet
  • Promotes community
  • All supplies are provided by the Family Success Center

Parent Potluck Luncheon-Join families and they share a meal and conversation surrounding family, parenting, adopting healthy discipline techniques, and energizing positive behavior


Back to School Resource Fair

  • Co-hosted by St. James' Church in August every summer
  • New backpacks donated by Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth University distributed to more than 400 Long Branch school age children filled with grade appropriate school supplies
  • Service providers distribute literature, answer questions and offer resource information
  • Free health screens performed by Monmouth Medical Center, Monmouth County Department of Health, and Visiting Nurses Association of New Jersey
  • Healthy lunch provided

Strengthening Families Community Garden Health Fair Kickoff

  • Co-hosted by City of Long Branch in April
  • Tour of Community Garden
  • Service providers distribute literature, answer questions and offer resource information
  • Free health screenings offered for cholesterol, blood pressure and HIV/AIDS
  • Healthy breakfast provided
  • Fosters pride in the community

Multicultural Thanksgiving Feast

  • Co-hosted with St. James' Church
  • Board trustees, staff, volunteers, interns, and families donate a dish from their country of origin and share a meal together
  • Interns conduct a craft with children
  • A youth leader reads about the tradition of Thanksgiving to the families 

Family Fun Nights

  • Theme based activities such as game night, Bingo and Ping Pong
  • All parent-child activities include educational components for children of different ages
  • Opportunity for positive parent-child interaction through one-on-one and group activities
  • Promotes fun family bonding
  • Scheduled from 4—6 pm to accommodate working parents
  • Healthy food, beverages and snacks provided
  • Bingo night features pizza and prizes for adults and children

Café Con Leche

  • Promotes conversational English skills in a casual environment
  • Opportunity for English speakers and Spanish speakers to teach and learn from each other
  • Coffee and tea provided

Family Yoga

  • Fun yoga class for whole family
  • Learn oses, yoga games, singing, dancing and meditative arts and crafts
  • Fosters fun family bonding
  • Exposure to creativity, mind, body and soul connection
  • Promotes exercise


  • Zumba with Flo offers fun, total body fitness for the whole family
  • Introduces cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility
  • Promotes family bonding through fun exercise

Health Screenings

  • Horizon NJ Health Care-A-Van on premises
  • Provides free BMI, blood pressure and glucose screenings
  • Cholesterol screenings are conducted at select sessions

Parent Community Advisory Board

  • Community members provide feedback on Family Success Center activities and outreach
  • Opportunity to voice opinions and develop, implement and manage programs
  • Encourages engagement and community participation
  • Insures the needs of the community are met

Immigration Workshop

  • Hosted by American Friends Service Comittee, an organization committed to social justice, peace, and humantarian service
  • Q & A on immigration related topics

A M I L Y  B U S I N E S S  C E N T E R

Family Business Center

  • Access to computer work stations, email, printers and photocopier
  • Use of phone and fax
  • Promotes online job searching and electronic employment application
  • Encourages resume development
  • Offers ability to manage personal, family, and professional documentation

R A I N I N G  &  D E V E L O P M E N T  I N S T I T U T E

Allows community partners and local service providers to utilize the agency to facilitate workshops, training, and assessments for Monmouth County residents.