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.
When seeking a child care placement, many parents choose family child care providers. Based in a private home, a family child care program can offer more flexible hours and a warm, personal setting that a center might lack. However, it’s important to make certain that any location where your child spends her day meets crucial health and safety standards. Here are some things for parents to ask and look for when selecting a family child care provider.
Family child care homes play an important role in the child care system. Often families choose family child care because they offer families a home-based environment, the accommodation of nontraditional and flexible hours, mixed age groups in a smaller group setting and convenient care located in the neighborhoods where families live.
It’s 2020, and the start of a new decade marks the time for a decennial Census. The Census is designed to count every living person in the country. This includes young children, citizens, non-citizens, immigrants, and those who were formerly incarcerated--everyone.
Steve Adubato goes on-location to the Turrell Fund Day for Children in Shelburne, Vermont to speak with Reverend Bill Gannon, Retired Reverend at Episcopal Diocese of Newark & Turrell Fund Trustee, about the importance of surrounding children with love throughout their childhood into adulthood.
In America, child care has traditionally been a private, family issue. Yet today, the costs have skyrocketed, especially in states like New Jersey, and even just finding available and quality care can be challenging. Parents themselves cover more than 60 percent of the cost of child care, while government contributes about 39 percent, mainly in subsidies to lower income families. And yet businesses, though they are the direct beneficiaries of child care programs, cover just one percent of the costs. This lack of investment has negative impacts on families’ well-being, but also depresses labor force participation and holds back economic growth.
Dr. Lamont Repollet, Commissioner New Jersey Department of Education, discusses the state's approach to helping children from birth to three to help them achieve success in school in pre-k and kindergarten.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. Representative Mikie Sherrill (D) - NJ shares her views on the government's responsibility to help infants and toddlers thrive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.