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.
On July 30th, Advocates for Children of New Jersey released its very first New Jersey Babies Count report on the current well-being of children zero to three years old in the state. According to the data outlined in the report, a significant number of New Jersey’s children face obstacles that threaten their future potential.
New Jersey lawmakers, child advocates, babies and parents joined forces at the Strolling Thunder™ New Jersey rally in Trenton on May 21 to bring attention to the needs of young children in our state. Strolling Thunder is a national initiative to promote greater public investments in early childhood such as paid family leave, affordable, quality child care, and access to healthcare for expectant mothers and infants.
Cutting-edge policy ideas on how to improve early childhood education and close persistent educational achievement gaps in New Jersey were discussed at the Cradle To Kindergarten book signing and roundtable discussion on January 29, 2018.
The Star Ledger published this piece, co-written by Cecilia Zalkind, of Advocates for Children of New Jersey, a partnering organization of Right From the Start NJ. Ms. Zalkind, and her co-author, Jennifer Santana, of the Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators, support raising the subsidy for infant care in New Jersey, alerting lawmakers how inaction on this matter would affect all children statewide.
Steve Adubato, PhD, of the Caucus Educational Corporation, a collaborator of Right From the Start NJ, wrote this piece for New Jersey Monthly, detailing the necessity of our public awareness campaign. In the article, Steve spotlights the crucial need for early education and high-quality care for children ages zero to three across New Jersey.
The Star-Ledger has featured an editorial on Right From the Start NJ, written by leaders of two of our partnering organizations. Dr. Arturo Brito, executive director of The Nicholson Foundation, and Curtland E. Fields, President and CEO of The Turrell Fund, discussed the importance of the very first years of a child's life, encouraging investment and commitment to high-quality care for New Jersey's youngest residents.
Peter Chen, Staff Attorney of the Advocates for the Children of New Jersey (acnj.org), spoke at the “Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey” conference about the partnership that makes up Right From the Start New Jersey, its statewide campaign, and long term goals.