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Bright Beginnings.
Healthy Futures.
Bright Beginnings.

New Jersey Announces $38 Million Investment in Quality Infant and Child Care & Support for Working Families

The state just announced a $38 million dollar investment to increase subsidy rates for infant and toddler child care, making child care more affordable for struggling families.

Congratulations to our partners at Advocates for Children of New Jersey for leading the effort!

Welcoming a New Baby: Helping Your Older Child Adjust

Expect your child to have mixed emotions when a new baby is on the way--it’s a big life change. Here are some ways you can make the new arrival go more smoothly.
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Development

Learn how infants’ bodies and brains develop and the milestones reached as they grow.

Early Learning

How parents and educators can foster baby's early learning

Social and emotional wellness
in babies and toddlers
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Early Language
and literacy Skills
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Helping Young Children
LEarn to share
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Parenting

Discover useful strategies to encourage positive behavior and overall wellness.

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Accidents are the leading cause of injury for children under 4 years old. Taking an ounce of prevention can help prevent accidents from occurring.

How To Keep
Your Toddler Safe
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Because our personalities are primarily genetic and therefore mostly determined at birth, we can look for signs of a baby’s temperament from even the earliest moments.

How Do I Recognize My
Baby's Temperament
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Infants and toddlers often have a hard time learning to sleep alone. Experts recommend that babies sleep in the same room as you until they are at least six months old.

Getting Your Child To
Sleep Independently
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The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued updated guidelines on sleep environments for babies to reduce cases of SIDS and promote safety and well-being.

New Guidelines for
Safe Infant Sleep
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Find out how you can join statewide efforts to bring attention to what infants and toddlers need to thrive:
strong families, healthy starts & early learning environments

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Development

Development

Learn how infants’ bodies and brains develop and the milestones reached as they grow. 

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Early Learning

Early Learning

How parents and educators can foster baby's early learning.

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Parenting

Parenting

Discover useful strategies to encourage positive behavior and overall wellness.

Read more

Get Involved

Get Involved

Learn about efforts to bring attention to what infants and toddlers need to thrive.

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

Arturo Brito

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.

Support for Right From the Start NJ

  • Beverly Lynn CEO, Programs for Parents
  • Jennifer Santana President, Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators &  Early Head Start Manager, Center for Family Resources
  • Kaitlin Mulcahy, Associate Director, Center for Autism & Early Childhood Mental Health,  Montclair State University
  • Keri Logosso-Misurell, Esq.  Director, Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition
  • Bonnie Eggenburg Vice President, Gateway Early Head Start & Head Start Program
  • Joseph Della Fave Executive Director, Ironbound Community Corporation
  • Beverly Lynn CEO, Programs for Parents

    "The significance of the Right From the Start NJ campaign is that we are getting the message out to parents and to childcare professionals, the community at large, grandparents and citizens about the importance of early childhood development, especially during the period of prenatal care up to age three. The greatest impact it can have is that we have a more informed public. I'm hoping that as a result of the campaign people will be enthusiastic and charged to say, "What can I do to support young children here in the state of NJ?"
  • Jennifer Santana President, Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators & Early Head Start Manager, Center for Family Resources

    "I think the Right From the Start NJ campaign is really important because it brings to light the importance of babies and toddlers in the public eye. It's about how important those years are and how we need to do a better job at providing good quality childcare for that age. Parents need to know that education starts at this young age and it has a lifelong impact. We're raising the future of children and we have to do a better job so that kids are prepared for school and life.
  • Kaitlin Mulcahy, Associate Director, Center for Autism & Early Childhood Mental Health, Montclair State University

    "The significance of the Right From the Start NJ campaign is to help all of us - parents, community providers and policy makers - learn about the importance of early childhood from pregnancy through age 6. I believe the impact of Right From the Start NJ is to raise awareness, to increase the discussion, to make sure the dialogue is occurring and to bring people together who work in early childhood so that childcare providers, mental health providers, educators and policy makers are all at the same table talking about how important it is to work together for our infants."
  • Keri Logosso-Misurell, Esq. Director, Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition

    "The Right From the Start NJ initiative is critically important. It brings together experts from multi-sectors and educates the public on brain development of early years and why it's everybody's responsibility to unlock the potential of our children and families. The impact of the Right From the Start NJ campaign is limitless, it holds great promise to reduce and eliminate health disparities and other forms of inequity in our society ranging from birth throughout the lifespan."

  • Bonnie Eggenburg Vice President, Gateway Early Head Start & Head Start Program

    "This Right From the Start NJ initiative is putting the focus on this important time of development. Families with infants and toddlers in the birth to three range in South Jersey, but also throughout the state, do not have access to enough quality child care. It just doesn't exist. And those that do exist have a great disparity of quality. We need to be focusing on our most vulnerable population so we can make a difference long term, not just those early years, but long term in terms of how our children develop and succeed."
  • Joseph Della Fave Executive Director, Ironbound Community Corporation

    "People need to understand how important quality care and education is for children's healthy growth and development, especially from birth to three, and how this leads to healthier, successful, solid citizens. These types of discussions with Right From the Start NJ need to become part of the public discourse in order to affect public policy and drive support for the investment in real government dollars, as well as private industry support for early childhood education. This is an extremely important matter and I think it can have a huge of impact on society."

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