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Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) is leading the statewide effort to put “birth-to-3” on the public agenda and bring attention to what infants and toddlers need to thrive: strong families, healthy starts and positive early learning environments. To get more information about ACNJ's advocacy campaign to call on state leaders and decision makers to do more for our youngest children, right from the start, click here.

Dept. of Health Commissioner Explains $54 Million from State to Help Offset Child Care Costs

Dept. of Health Commissioner Explains $54 Million from State to Help Offset Child Care Costs

Carole Johnson, Commissioner, NJ Department of Health, explains how the $54 million from the state will be used to help increase child care subsidy rates, so more families can afford quality child care.

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Senate President Sweeney on the Importance of Supporting Infants from Birth

Senate President Sweeney on the Importance of Supporting Infants from Birth

Senate President Steve Sweeney explains that the state needs to support children from birth, not just from Pre-K and on, because that's when the brain is developing.

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Revamped New Jersey Family Leave Act Boosts Benefits for Workers

Revamped New Jersey Family Leave Act Boosts Benefits for Workers

Earlier this year, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the NJ Family Leave Act into law. Once all its objectives fully mature and take effect in July 2020, New Jersey will offer the most comprehensive paid family leave time and benefits in the nation. However, many workers are unfamiliar with the new law and its new provisions.

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Newark Public Schools to Start Addressing Needs of Children Younger Than Three

Newark Public Schools to Start Addressing Needs of Children Younger Than Three

Roger Leon, Superintendent, Newark Public Schools explains how their NPS 2020 plan will include addressing the needs of children and famliies before age three and after they graduate.

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The Impact of Quality Early Child Care on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

The Impact of Quality Early Child Care on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

Steve Adubato goes on-location to the Turrell Fund Day for Children in Shelburne, Vermont to talk to Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman about the importance of making child care more affordable for Vermont families and the national impact of healthy early childhood development.

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Minimum Wage Increase

Minimum Wage Increase

Early in 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to raise the minimum wage from $8.85 per hour to $15 per hour incrementally each year through 2024. However, increasing the minimum wage without also increasing payments for child care providers will result in a crisis in child care affordability and access across New Jersey.

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Creating More Access to Child Care on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

Creating More Access to Child Care on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

Steve Adubato goes on-location to The Turrell Fund Day for Children in Shelburne, Vermont to talk to Kay Hendon, Senior Program Officer, The Nicholson Foundation, about affordability and accessibility of high quality child care, as well as the importance of developing more childcare facilities across New Jersey.

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Breaking Barriers Through Mister Rogers Neighborhood

Breaking Barriers Through Mister Rogers Neighborhood

Steve Adubato goes on-location to The Turrell Fund Day for Children in Shelburne, Vermont to sit down with Dr. Francois Clemmons, singer and actor from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, to discuss Dr. Clemmons’ groundbreaking role as Officer Clemmons on the show, the impact of Mister Rogers Neighborhood on generations of children, and the lessons Fred Rogers taught Dr. Clemmons about the importance of love.

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The Lasting Legacy of Fred Rogers on Think Tank with Steve Adubato

The Lasting Legacy of Fred Rogers on Think Tank with Steve Adubato

Steve Adubato goes on-location to The Turrell Fund Day for Children in Shelburne, Vermont to talk to Dr. Junlei Li, Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Senior Fellow at Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. Steve and Dr. Li discuss the lasting legacy of Fred Rogers, the impact of simple, everyday acts of love and the state of children’s television and media today.

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Let's Grow Kids CEO Discusses Child Care for all Vermont Children with Steve Adubato

Let's Grow Kids CEO Discusses Child Care for all Vermont Children with Steve Adubato

Steve Adubato goes on-location to The Turrell Fund Day for Children in Shelburne, Vermont to sit down with Aly Richards, CEO, Let’s Grow Kids, to discuss their mission to ensure affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermont families by 2025. They also discuss the impact of child care on the healthy development of all children.

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Mark Sustic and Steve Adubato Discuss the Impact of Screen Time on Development

Mark Sustic and Steve Adubato Discuss the Impact of Screen Time on Development

Steve Adubato goes on-location to the Turrell Fund Day for Children in Shelburne, Vermont to talk to Mark Sustic, Executive Director, Young Tradition Vermont & Turrell Fund Trustee, about the impact of screen-time on the development of young children and how technology and media should be experienced in an interactive way with an adult.

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New Report Demonstrates Ways to Reduce the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences in New Jersey

New Report Demonstrates Ways to Reduce the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences in New Jersey

A new report details the significant challenges and long-range consequences for children who have been exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in New Jersey. Sponsored by The Burke Foundation, The Nicholson Foundation and Turrell Fund, the report, Protecting and Healing Together, demonstrates how the effects of ACEs can be alleviated through a targeted and comprehensive statewide response.

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Think Tank with Steve Adubato Examines the Importance of Quality Child Care

Think Tank with Steve Adubato Examines the Importance of Quality Child Care

Steve Adubato goes on-location to the Turrell Fund Day for Children in Shelburne, Vermont to discuss the importance of affordable, quality child care for children 0-3 with four early childhood development experts.

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State of Affairs with Steve Adubato Examines the Impact of ACES on Children

State of Affairs with Steve Adubato Examines the Impact of ACES on Children

Steve Adubato sits down with Michael Lamacchia MD, Chairman of Pediatrics at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, and Ilise Zimmerman, President & CEO of Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern NJ, to discuss how adverse childhood experiences (ACES) make an impact on health and why it is important for medical professionals to go further in assessing and nurturing children.

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Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill and Steve Adubato Discuss the Goverment's Role in Helping Infants and Toddlers

Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill and Steve Adubato Discuss the Goverment's Role in Helping Infants and Toddlers

U.S. Representative Mikie Sherrill (D) - NJ shares her views on the government's responsibility to help infants and toddlers thrive.

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The Impact of an Accurate 2020 Census Explained on State of Affairs with Steve Adubato

The Impact of an Accurate 2020 Census Explained on State of Affairs with Steve Adubato

Steve Adubato talks with Peter Chen, Policy Counsel, Advocates for Children of New Jersey, about the upcoming 2020 Census and how it is crucial for all children in New Jersey to be included in the Census count.

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Increasing Access to High Quality Child Care

Increasing Access to High Quality Child Care

Working parents sooner or later need to determine who will care for their baby when they return to their jobs, but challenges often arise with both access to child care programs and the costs involved. Because of the rapid and lasting brain development that occurs in babies from birth to three years of age, finding high quality child care that can greatly improve physical, emotional and cognitive outcomes in children is essential for all families in New Jersey.

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Promoting Good Health for Every Child

Promoting Good Health for Every Child

The health of young children is crucial to their physical and mental development, overall well-being and school readiness. A lack of preventative health care, exposure to adverse experiences and trauma, and health problems that go untreated contribute to physical and emotional instability, school absenteeism, serious illnesses, and even long-term disabilities and lasting damage. Through equal access to health care, maternal health care and early screening and assessments for children, stakeholders can make significant progress towards ensuring the good health of every child.

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Dr. Denise Rodgers and Steve Adubato Examine The Impact of Trauma on Childhood Development

Dr. Denise Rodgers and Steve Adubato Examine The Impact of Trauma on Childhood Development

Denise Rodgers, MD, Vice Chancellor, Interprofessional Programs at Rutgers University, discusses the impact of trauma on child development and the critical period of development between the ages of birth to three.

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Why You Should Participate in the 2020 Census

Why You Should Participate in the 2020 Census

A lot of very important decisions are made based on the results of the US Census, conducted every 10 years. However, many people don’t take the census seriously, or do not complete their information accurately.

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New Jersey Expands its Paid Family Leave Program for Residents

New Jersey Expands its Paid Family Leave Program for Residents

This February, Governor Phil Murphy signed an expansion of New Jersey’s paid family leave program into law. Building on the state’s existing family leave program, the new bill strengthens benefits and job protections for New Jersey residents who need time off from work to take care of a newborn child or an ill family member.

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Trauma’s Tragedy and Treatment: ACEs

Trauma’s Tragedy and Treatment: ACEs

Trauma’s Tragedy and Treatment is a five-part series by NJTV Correspondent Michael Hill that explores how childhood trauma can impact a person for decades to come.

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Reducing the Black Infant Mortality Rate in New Jersey

Reducing the Black Infant Mortality Rate in New Jersey

New Jersey’s infant mortality rate is among the lowest in the nation, but a black infant in the state is three times more likely to die prior to their first birthday than a white baby. After receiving a federal grant last year, $4.3 million was awarded to six community-based organizations to implement maternal and child programs across the state to begin to eliminate these disparities.

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Increasing Home Visitations for New Parents

Increasing Home Visitations for New Parents

Becoming a parent is a time of joy and excitement, but also one of change and uncertainty. Most new parents need help and guidance during this momentous time. Home visitation programs can provide helpful information and assistance to pregnant women and new parents to help babies grow up healthy and safe. 

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How ACEs Impact a Child's Health and Well Being

How ACEs Impact a Child's Health and Well Being

Research has shown that experiencing repeated adversity as a child can lead to long-lasting effects into adulthood. Children who are exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can exhibit physical, emotional and psychological problems later on that can impact nearly every aspect of life. Toxic stress can affect how our brains develop and even our biological and genetic makeup. 

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Dept. of Human Services Commissioner Explains How NJ's Child Care Subsidies work on State of Affairs with Steve Adubato

Dept. of Human Services Commissioner Explains How NJ's Child Care Subsidies work on State of Affairs with Steve Adubato

Carole Johnson, NJ Commissioner of the Department of Human Services, explains how child care subidies work in New Jersey.

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Dr. Arturo Brito and Steve Adubato Examine Toxic Stressors on Infants and Children

Dr. Arturo Brito and Steve Adubato Examine Toxic Stressors on Infants and Children

Dr. Arturo Brito, Executive Director of the Nicholson Foundation, explains the importance of making sure children have positive experiences from birth to three, the negative impact toxic stressors can have on a child, and how the state is working to improve the black infant mortality rate in New Jersey.

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Senator Joe Vitale and Steve Adubato Discuss the Need for High Quality Prenatal Care and Child Care

Senator Joe Vitale and Steve Adubato Discuss the Need for High Quality Prenatal Care and Child Care

Steve Adubato and Senator Joseph Vitale (D) – NJ, Chair of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, discuss the importance of high quality prenatal care and child care to help a child meet his best potential.

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