What We Do

At NJCDC, education is just another word for opportunity. We operate a number of educational initiatives designed to help local residents open their minds and reach their fullest potential.

NJCDC founded and supports the operation of three schools:

  • Paterson Family Center – a preschool that gives Paterson's youngest students a head start to their education;
  • Community Charter School of Paterson with 900 students enrolled in grades K-8;
  • Garrett Morgan Academy – a STEM academy high school.

Additionally, NJCDC is the lead agency in Paterson's first Full Service Community School at Public School 5, offering a variety of programs and services designed to keep the school open late, on weekends, and during the summer to support student success and to strengthen families. The agency also runs a 21st Century Community Learning Center, Compete for Life, at John F. Kennedy Education Complex, to equip students with the skills they need to succeed in life.

Support Our Work!
We at NJCDC are keenly aware of the challenging economic times. 93 cents of every dollar donated to NJCDC goes directly to programs which help families, teens, children and people with disabilities.