Early Head Start
Pre School

Head Start
1 New York Avenue
Newark, NJ 07105

Family Services

Environmental Justice

Community Development

Community Garden

317 Elm Street
Newark, NJ 07105


Family Services

Community Gardens
Environmental Justice

Neighborhood Projects
29 Cortland Street
Newark, NJ 07105

Financial Opportunity        Center

After School Programs

Adult Education 
Essex County College
Summer Arts
432 Lafayette Street
Newark, NJ 07105


Farmers Market

Community Festivals

377-385 Ferry  Street
Newark, NJ 07105


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Ironbound Community Corporation works with the people of Ironbound to identify needs and develop community-based solutions to them.  Ironbound Community Corporation strives to empower people to better control and develop their own lives, families, and community.


In its work, ICC impacts the lives of Ironbound residents both at the individual and community levels. Whether it’s preparing children for Kindergarten and life-long success with high quality early childhood education or negotiating land use with industry and government, ICC’s priority is to support the people of the Ironbound with the services, resources, and opportunities they need, want and deserve. With four program locations throughout the Ironbound, families have access to a full range of ICC services and initiatives.


In pursuing our mission on a daily as well as strategic basis, Ironbound Community Corporation aims to make a difference in people’s lives, in the life of the community, in the larger community of the City of Newark, and in public policy matters that affect the people of Ironbound and Newark.  We achieve this through daily programming and services; ongoing community engagement; leadership and participation in city- and state-wide coalitions; and organizing and public policy advocacy through agency and coalition initiatives and government advisory groups. 




  • Expanded our state-of-the-art 35,000 square foot Early Childhood Birth-5 Center that is home to a nationally accredited and acclaimed program that closes the achievement and developmental gaps of impoverished children and prepares them for Kindergarten.

  • Achieved a decades-old community and ICC dream by leading the development of Newark’s first Riverfront Park, 15 acres on the Ironbound waterfront.

  • Each summer, provides all-day enrichment for more than 1,000 school-age children through ICC programs and a partnership with Newark Public Schools.

  • Produced nearly 100 units of affordable housing, including for very low income families.

  • Drafted and successfully worked with colleagues and the City Administration and Council for the passage of an Environmental Justice Ordinance and an Affordable Housing (Inclusionary Zoning) Ordinance, supporting a healthy community and equitable development.

  • Successfully worked with colleagues and the City to develop and marshal the passage of a “Right to Counsel” Ordinance that provides legal representation for low income residents in housing eviction court.

  • Incubated the State’s first workers’ cooperative, 15 industrious Latinas who formed a green cleaning business called Green Magic for businesses and homes (need this service?)

  • Collaborated with a developer to bring Aerofarms, the country's largest indoor vertical farm, into our community – and placed 60 community residents in new jobs.

  • In partnership with Table to Table, provides fresh produce to 800 families weekly each March-October.

  • Placed 90 residents in new jobs in 2018 averaging more than $16 an hour.

  • Provided free tax assistance annually to 1,200 households who receive nearly $3 million in refunds, including from the Earned Income Tax Credit.

  • ICC’s urban farm, Down Bottom Farms, continues to grow in size, output, and community participation as well as play a role in ICC’s focus on developing healthy food initiatives.

  • And more!​​




National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation awarded to Early Learning Center Preschool, Head Start, and Early Head Start Programs - 2018 (Preschool accredited since 1988.)



  • Housing & Community Development Network of NJ (inaugural) Advocacy & Organizing Award 2016

  • US EPA Environmental Quality Award, 2014

  • NJ Future Smart Growth Award, 2014

  • Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Hero of the Harbor, 2014

  • United Way William Ashby Community Service Award, 2012

  • Wynona M. Lipman Community Service Award, 2010  

  • Paul Robeson Award, GANE (Garden State Alliance for a New Economy), 2009

  • City Council President Mildred Crump Man of Vision Award 2009

  • US EPA Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award 2008

  • Congress of Portuguese American Educators Community Award 2007

  • LISC Neighborhood Impact Award, 2004

  • NJ Work Environment Council Impact Award, 2004

  • St. Benedict’s Prep Celebrating Commitment for Community Leadership and Service 1998

  • Center for Health, Environment, & Justice Grass Roots Hall of Fame 1996