The annual Back-to-School Fair sponsored by the Sussex County Family Success Center at Project Self-Sufficiency offers parents the opportunity to network with local agencies and to learn about services available to themselves and to their children.


The Fair is open to active Project Self-Sufficiency participants who are currently striving towards economic self-sufficiency and family stability, and who are in on-going contact with their Case Manager.

Active agency participants who attend the information sessions at the Back-to-School Fair, and who take advantage of the networking opportunities provided there, are eligible to receive free haircuts and school supplies for their children.

Project Self-Sufficiency relies on local businesses and individuals for the donation of new school supplies, such as:

  • crayons

  • glue sticks

  • loose leaf paper

  • erasers

  • scissors

  • pens

  • pencils

  • spiral notebooks

  • backpacks

Foodshed Alliance supports PSS Back-to-School Fair

Local social service agencies, health organizations and safety personnel are on hand to offer tips for a healthy and safe school year, including representatives from, but not limited to:

  • American Red Cross;

  • Care Plus NJ;

  • Caring Partners, CMO;

  • Comfort Partners;

  • Connect for Community;

  • DASI;

  • DAWN Center for Independent Living;

  • New Jersey Department of Child Protection & Permanency - Sussex;

  • Disability Rights New Jersey;

  • Family Connections;

  • Family Intervention Services;

  • Family Partners of Morris and Sussex;

  • Family Promise;

  • Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey;

  • Hardyston Special Education Parent Advisory Board;

  • League of Women Voters of Sussex Highlands;

  • Legal Services of Northwest Jersey;

  • Literacy New Jersey – Sussex County Programs;

  • Local Share/Foodshed Alliance;

  • Garden volunteers at Project Self-Sufficiency;

  • Morris Sussex Youth Advocate Program;

  • NAMI;

  • Newton Medical Center Health Education;

  • New Jersey Cancer Education & Early Detection Program (NJ CEED);

  • New Jersey Comfort Partners Program;

  • NORWECAP Child & Family Resources;

  • Partnership for Maternal and Child Health;

  • Planned Parenthood;

  • Project Self-Sufficiency;

  • SCARC;

  • Shop Rite of Newton;

  • Statewide Parent Advocacy Network;

  • Sussex County Children’s Advocacy Center;

  • Sussex County Community College;

  • Sussex County Division of Health;

  • Sussex County Division of Social Services;

  • Sussex County Library;

  • Sussex County Public Health Nursing;

  • Sussex County Special Child Services;

  • Sussex County YMCA;

  • Sussex Macaroni Kid;

  • Zufall Health Center;

  • United Way of Northern New Jersey;

  • and others.

Free haircuts for kids at the Project Self-Sufficiency Back-to-School Fair
Newton Police Department educates participants at Project Self-Sufficiency Back to School Fair
Fire safety education is offered at Project Self-Sufficiency Back to School Fair

Local stylists volunteer their time to give children free haircuts so that they will look great on their first day of school!

Participating salons have included:

  • Becky's Hair Therapy

  • Chalet

  • George Michael

  • Hair Gallery

  • His 'n' Hair

  • Salon Bella

  • Salon Bleu

  • Salon di Panache

  • Salon Fig

  • Salon Serendipity

  • Salon Unique

  • Scissor Joint

  • Total Image

  • Village Mane

To make a donation, or to find out more about the annual Back-to-School Fair, call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500.

Free Back-to-School Fair Prepares Families
for New School Year