Legislative hearing examines why students miss too much school
On February 5th, ACNJ's Cynthia Rice and Peter Chen testified at the State House before the Joint Committee on Public Schools regarding chronic absenteeism. The committee also welcomed testimony from students, who explained first-hand, the complexities of why so many children miss too much school. Read more.
Governor Murphy's commitment to help working families must include a child care plan
Read ACNJ president/CEO Cecilia Zalkind's statement on Governor Phil Murphy's State of the State address.
Paid family leave bill passes in the legislature
New Jersey is one step closer to strengthening its paid family leave program, which allows working parents time to spend caring for their infant during a critical bonding period without a complete loss of wages. The bill now awaits Governor Murphy's signature to become law. Read more from nj.com.
Read ACNJ president/CEO Cecilia Zalkind's NJ Spotlight op-ed on how paid family leave helps babies, not just their parents.
ACNJ holds Census forum to make sure we #CountAllKids
On January 16th, ACNJ gathered early childhood educators, government officials and community members to discuss ways to address the undercount of young children in New Jersey for the 2020 Census. Check out materials and photos from the event.
The undercounting of kids in the 2020 Census will shortchange New Jersey billions in federal dollars. Click here to learn more about how you can be 2020 Census ready.
SAVE THE DATE: Newark Kids Count on March 28, 2019 This year, ACNJ's Newark Kids Count report will feature a special section on the city's young men of color, in partnership with My Brother's Keeper Newark. Details coming soon.
Training videos: Reducing trauma for young children in the child protection system New Jersey's child protection system can be complicated, stressful and frightening for the children, parents and caregivers involved. ACNJ developed a series of videos on topics relating to child welfare, the need to consider a child's developing mind when making decisions and ways to potentially mitigate any stress they might experience as a result. View training videos.