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