The Kids Emergency Closet provides infants, toddlers, pre-school aged children and elementary school students lacking basic essentials with the items they need to stay in school or day care, such as winter coats and clothing. The program was piloted in the fall of 2013 at two elementary schools, one in Newark and one in Orange. In 2015 the program expanded, adding two new closets, one in East Orange and one in Irvington. The Kids Emergency Closet is designed as a year-round resource, and can respond to emergency situations during the school day or while children are in day care. The program meets the children’s evolving needs as the seasons change and the children grow.

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