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 – 
State Budget wins for Babies! – In the September newsletter of “The Baby Monitor”, published by “Zero to Three”, many thanks were extended to advocates and policy makers for their strong support for increasing the states budgets in the coming year. These additional funds will help to improve services and support for our infants and families. To subscribe to Zero to Three’s, “The Baby Monitor” and find out more information about the funding increases click here. To view Child Care Aware’s snapshot of the impact of this funding in NJ click here.

What’s going on in NJ –
On September 3, 2019 Governor Murphy announced 28 additional school districts that will receive state aid to implement or expand quality early childhood programs in their communities by October 1. This addition means that approximately 1,450 additional children across the State will attend a quality preschool this school year. To read more click here.

What’s coming up–
On September 19, 2019 NJ Spotlight hosted a round table panel of academic, clinical and policy experts to discuss the concerning issue that at least 4 in 10 NJ children are affected by one or more adverse childhood experiences according to a new study co-authored by the New Jersey Funders ACEs Collaborative and the consulting firm FSG. The Collaborative includes the Burke Foundation, The Nicholson Foundation, and the Turrell Fund. The panel of experts broke down this problem of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and discussed its impact on pediatric and adult health, public and private sector efforts to prevent and address ACES. The roundtable was moderated by NJ Spotlight Healthcare Writer Lilo H. Stainton. The panelists also discussed ways to improve NJ’s system and protect our families and children finding reasons to be hopeful that these needed steps will occur. To read more click here.

Something you might like –
On September 13, 2019 NAEYC announced the publication of the newest position statement “Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education.” This position statement begins with the importance of equity in early childhood education, provides recommendations for early childhood educators and policy makers and summarizes critical research through the lens of equity in early childhood education. NAEYC states that all children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. To read more click here.

Quote we’re pondering – 
“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” ~ Maya Angelou


Have a wonderful weekend, all!
NJAEYC Public Policy Team