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 – 
What’s going on in the US – August Advocacy on Appropriations: Child Care Aware of America’s August Newsletter provided an update on the federal budget. As a budget deal was reached, federal funding now needs to be committed by September 30. The House completed its appropriations process last June, voting to provide a $2.4 billion increase for CCDBG, a $1.5 billion increase for Head Start, and $100 million for Preschool Development Grants. As a result, Child Care Aware of America is asking the Senate to meet or exceed the House numbers on appropriations for FY2020. Child Care Aware of America is asking us to join them for this crucial month of advocacy before the Senate resumes on September 9th. To subscribe to Child Care Aware of America’s monthly newsletter 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–
What’s coming up-Mark your calendars. The NJAEYC Annual Health in Child Care Conference“Healthy Children Healthy Futures” will be held on Thursday, October 17 and NJAEYC Annual Conferencewill be held on Friday and Saturday October 18 & 19th; both at the Somerset Double Tree in Somerset, NJ. Be sure to register today!

Something you might like –
In an article by Lilo H. Stainton highlighted in NJ Spotlight on July 30, 2019 reviews the short-term and long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Children who are exposed to multiple adverse experiences are seven times more likely to develop alcoholism as adults, four times more likely to become juvenile offenders, and three times more likely to repeat a grade than children who do not face these traumas. They also have higher incidences of asthma, obesity and cancer as grown-ups and a greater chance of dying prematurely. Some of these adverse experiences include poverty, violence, racism, parental divorce, incarceration or drug abuse. NJ has a strong group of professionals and organizations working to address this important issue facing our children and one key solution is the need for public and private sectors to work together to develop strategies that promote healing and resilience. For a report on ACES click here.To read more click here. To see a clip on trauma click here.

Quote we’re pondering – 
“Either we spend time meeting children’s emotional needs by filling their cup with love, or we spend time dealing with behaviors caused from their unmet needs. Either way, we spend the time.” ~ Pam Leo, Connecting Through Filling The Love Cup


Have a wonderful weekend, all!
NJAEYC Public Policy Team