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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.




Increasing Home Visitations for New Parents

Increasing Home Visitations for New Parents

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. 

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How ACEs Impact a Child's Health and Well Being

How ACEs Impact a Child's Health and Well Being

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. 

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Dept. of Human Services Commissioner Explains How NJ's Child Care Subsidies work on State of Affairs with Steve Adubato

Dept. of Human Services Commissioner Explains How NJ's Child Care Subsidies work on State of Affairs with Steve Adubato

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

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

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

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.

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Senator Joe Vitale and Steve Adubato Discuss the Need for High Quality Prenatal Care and Child Care

Senator Joe Vitale and Steve Adubato Discuss the Need for High Quality Prenatal Care and Child Care

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.

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New Jersey Babies Count: A New Report on Children Under Age Three

New Jersey Babies Count: A New Report on Children Under Age Three

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.

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Strolling Thunder Event Highlights Crucial Needs of New Jersey Children and Families

Strolling Thunder Event Highlights Crucial Needs of New Jersey Children and Families

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.

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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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