Advocates for Children of New Jersey has been busy since our last e-news update. The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the world, forcing us to reimagine how we interact and how our children learn. The tragic death of George Floyd and countless others has inspired a global movement for racial justice. And the importance of quality child care to families and the economy has been thrust into the forefront as conversations about reopening the state continue.
New Report - Unlocking Potential: A Roadmap to Making New Jersey the Safest, Healthiest and Most Supportive Place to Give Birth and Raise a Family
ACNJ's latest reportis based on the belief that we all have a role to play in achieving equity and that supporting equal opportunities at the start of a child’s life is the first step in eliminating disparities that impact outcomes for babies, families and communities. Pritzker Children’s Initiative Director Gerry Cobb and a panelist of experts will be speaking on Wednesday, June 24th, 10:00 AM, taking a deep dive into the data and exploring ways we can make New Jersey a better state for children. Register here.
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ACNJ with the help of our experts has helped inform readers on what they need to know during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more to learn about challenges for New Jersey's schools, foster care on a federal level and the latest information about child care during the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
Effectively Reopening Child Care in New Jersey Amidst the Challenges of COVID-19
When Governor Murphy closed the state, Advocates for Children of New Jersey stepped forward to be a voice for the child care sector. Child care, like schools, needed to close for the health of the children, and for the people caring for them. However, without continued support, New Jersey would face detrimental losses in the child care industry as a result of the shutdown.
Now that the economy and child care have started to reopen, we are ensuring the state knows that this fragile yet vital infrastructure cannot fail, calling for increased assistance so that our children care receive quality care while their parents go back to work. Read our recommendations.
Keeping You Informed Amidst COVID-19 - Webinars on Child Care, Child Abuse Prevention, and More
Though our office closed on March 13th, we have continued to stay connected with our fellow advocates through the power of the internet. Watch our webinars discussing what it means to reopen child care, how to help prevent child abuse while social distancing, and practicing self-care.
Knowing data is paramount to making informed decisions. Advocates can find factsheets and other resources at the tip of their fingertips, helping them to be the best advocates they could be for all the children in the Garden State.
On June 11th, our national partners at ZERO TO THREE virtually released their annual State of Babies Yearbook. This report and advocacy tool shows that the state where a baby is born impacts their chance for a strong start in life. By nearly every measure across all states, children living in poverty and children of color face the biggest obstacles, such as low birthweight, unstable housing, and limited access to quality early learning experiences. The report further highlights major disparities that begin before birth, especially for Black children, driven by systemic racism and social injustices.