NJAEYC Public Policy 5-Bullet-Point Friday-May 2019

Hi All!
Here is our monthly dose of “5-Bullet-Point Friday,” a list of NJAEYC public policy stuff we think you might be interested in.
Anything that is BLUEjust click on it for more details
5 Bullet-Point Friday turns one this month!!!
  What’s going on in the US – 
Below is a great article that expresses succinctly why it is continually important for us to encourage our legislators to address the nation’s child care shortage without sacrificing program quality or endangering child safety just to cut costs.

Child Care Supply by Congressional District

 What’s going on in NJ –

Strolling Thunder is an annual rally on May 30th in Trenton that aims to bring attention to what our youngest children need to thrive: quality child care, healthy starts for babies and support for their new parents.
To watch a video, click here
To register, click here
To read more, click here
 What’s coming up-
A5066 is a  bill that aims to create child care centers in public schools.  It appears as if this bill could be an effective use of unused classroom space and generate more money for school districts.  Click  here for an article that addresses some major concern child care centers have with the bill.
Members of the Women’s and Children Committee will review the bill A5066 on May 13th.  NJAEYC members can continue to reach out to legislators about concerns of this bill.  You can find your representatives by clicking here.
 Click here to track the bill’s status

 Something you might like –

May 1st was Worthy Wage Day, marking 27 years of advocacy for a living wage for early childhood educators.
For a deeper dive, read this  report by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE). The report also includes a comprehensive list of recommendations for compensation reform.
For further reading on the topic:
 Quote we’re pondering – 

 “Education breeds confidence.  Confidence breeds hope.  Hope breeds peace.”  Confucius

Have a wonderful weekend, all!
NJAEYC Public Policy Team

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