Quarterly E-news
June 2019

We came. We strolled. We made our voices heard!

On May 30th, nearly 150 babies, their families and advocates gathered in front of the State House Annex to rally for our youngest residents and share what babies need to thrive. View pictures of the day.


Here is how you can help NJ babies today!

Sign a petition to urge state leaders to address the impact of the minimum wage increase on child care. 

Last week, ACNJ delivered to Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin more than 1,100 petition signatures from child care providers and supporters, calling for $19 million in additional child care subsidy funding to be included in the FY2020 state budget before the June 30 deadline. Read more and view media coverage.

Let's keep the pressure on! If you haven't already, sign the petition, and then share with your family, friends and colleagues. View a video of child care directors speaking about the challenges they will face once the minimum wage goes up.


ACNJ releases Trenton Kids Count on 6/13

ACNJ, in partnership with the Smith Family Foundation and the Burke Foundation will be releasing Trenton Kids Count, its second report in 20 years, on the well-being of children in our state's capital on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 9 - 11:30 AM. There is still time to register!


Making sure New Jersey counts all kids in the 2020 census 

ACNJ policy counsel, Peter Chen appeared on State of Affairs with Steve Adubato to discuss how crucial it is for all children in NJ to be included in the 2020 Census. View video.


Help spread the word about summer meals!

We’ve made great progress on serving summer meals to more kids, with a 38% increase since 2015. Still, just a quarter of low-income children receive this summertime nutrition. Please help spread the word. Share this flyer with your networks. If you want hard copies to circulate in your community, contact Nancy Parello at nparello@cfanj.org. Let’s work together to make sure all New Jersey children receive the nutrition they need to be healthy and return to school in September ready to learn.

Read the latest summer meals report.


ICYMI: Read blogs on chronic absenteeism, juvenile justice

Rutgers professor, author and ACNJ board member, Maurice Elias, Ph. D., shares solutions to improve school attendance. Read blog.

Mary Coogan, ACNJ vice president, talks about the challenges that need to be addressed in re-imagining a juvenile justice system in New Jersey that provides effective support and treatment for our youth and protects public safety. Read blog. 


If you have any questions about this e-newsletter, contact Eloisa Hernandez at eloisa@acnj.org or call 973.643.3876 x208

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