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Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) works with local, state and federal leaders to identify and implement changes that will benefit New Jersey’s children. ACNJ’s bi-partisan work results in better laws and policies, more effective funding and stronger services for children and families. This means more children are given the chance to grow up safe, healthy and educated.
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Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality

Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality

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.

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OP-ED: Ignoring Rising Child Care Costs Puts Infants at Risk

OP-ED: Ignoring Rising Child Care Costs Puts Infants at Risk

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.

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A Good Start: New Initiative Aims to Raise Awareness of the Physical and Emotional Needs of Toddlers

A Good Start: New Initiative Aims to Raise Awareness of the Physical and Emotional Needs of Toddlers

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.

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Early childhood education works. State must ensure programs expand | Opinion

Early childhood education works. State must ensure programs expand | Opinion

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.

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“Right From the Start NJ” featured at New Jersey Conference for Children and Families

“Right From the Start NJ” featured at New Jersey Conference for Children and Families

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.

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The Importance of Paid Family Leave for Children

The Importance of Paid Family Leave for Children

The Family Medical & Leave Act currently allows parents up to 12 weeks leave from their jobs in cases such as pregnancy.

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Early Intervention Policies

Early Intervention Policies

All young children who have been identified with any disability, whether physical or mental, should have access to affordable and high-quality early intervention services.

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