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!

What’s going on in the US – 
NAEYC sent out a recent update on happenings in Congress, child care and the budget caps. The Congress is working to come to an agreement that raises the debt ceiling and the budget caps. NAEYC reminds all that their team is focused on making sure the caps are lifted so that CCDBG and other key programs receive needed funding increases. NAEYC encourages all to continue to advocate with your legislatures. To read more about other states advocacy click here.

What’s going on in NJ –
Good News! On June 30, 2019 Governor Murphy signed the 2020 budget that included $9 million in increased child care funds. The budget also includes $68 million to expand preschool to additional districts, support existing preschool programs and assist in wraparound services and $9 million for state and local census outreach. We thank Governor Murphy for his support for these programs that impact New Jersey’s children and families. To read more click here.

What’s coming up–
On July 18, 2019, Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) convened a preschool expansion advisory group to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to share information relevant to the NJ Preschool Expansion initiative. Applications for the next phase of the NJ Preschool Expansion are due August 1, 2019. To read more click here.

Something you might like –
Parents and early childhood professionals want what is best for children. Family engagement is an important process that brings together parents, other family members, children and early childhood professionals to work together in partnership of children’s learning, healthy development, and well-being. Early childhood programs are encouraged to embed family engagement activities in their curriculum to create opportunities to engage families. To read more click here.

Quote we’re pondering – 
“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” –Jane D. Hull


Have a wonderful weekend, all!
NJAEYC Public Policy Team