7 Glenwood Avenue
East Orange, NJ

StartStrong is an intensive 5-day-a-week Therapeutic Nursery serving children age 2?- 8 years old who have significant emotional and/or behavioral issues. The program includes creative arts therapies, family support services, and transportation. StartStrong‘s goals are for all children to have confidence in themselves and their abilities; develop strong social skills; learn to identify and regulate their emotions; develop and maintain positive relationships with peers and adults, and learn to problem-solve effectively.

Eligibility & Referral Information

Appropriate for any child who:

  • Lives in Essex County
  • Has behavioral or emotional challenges that hinder success at home or school
  • Is between the ages of 2 1/2 and 8
  • Uses the bathroom independently
  • Has a legal guardian willing to commit to consistent participation in treatment

Program Components

  • Intake Assessments
  • School Observations
  • Individual Play Therapy
  • Strategic Family Therapy
  • Structured Group Play & Yoga
  • Drama, Movement and Art Therapy
  • Evidence Based Curricula, including Strengthening Families Program(SFP)
  • Psychiatric Evaluations and Medication Management, if needed
  • Speech & Language Services
  • Lunch or Snacks Provided
  • Round Trip Transportation
  • Referrals to Pediatric Healthcare and Nutritional Counseling

Examples of Issues We Address

  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Short attention span
  • Problems remaining on task
  • Poor peer relations
  • Disruptive classroom behaviors
  • Oppositional / defiant behaviors
  • Recent changes in the family or living arrangement


Please contact Amanda Errico, Manager, at 973-323-3400, or