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.

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What’s going on in the US – 
Appropriations Update – In the October, 2019 Child Care Aware outlined that the House of Representatives and Senate failed to agree on appropriations bills by September 30, leading Congress to approve a short-term extension until November 21, 2019. The House previously approved a $2.4 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the Senate’s version proposes just a $25 million increase. Child Care Aware is asking us to join them in asking the Senate to meet or exceed the House allocation for CCDBG and other important early childhood programs. To read more information on why NJ needs more CCDBG funding click here

What’s going on in NJ –
NAEYC announced that Representative Chris Smith officially signed on to co-sponsor the Child Care for Working Families Act, making the bill in the House bipartisan. NJAEYC applauds Representative Smith for his support on this important bill for children and families. To read more click here and here.

What’s coming up–
NJAEYC is excited to announce our first “Early Childhood Advocacy Day” January 16, 2020 in Trenton, NJ. The morning session will provide information on current issues impacting NJ’s children and families and how to advocate for them and the Early Childhood workforce.  This session will provide our participants with tools and information on how to prepare a message to NJ Legislators on the importance of early childhood education in NJ. Please join us to raise our voices for the needs of our children and families. Stay tuned for more information for NJAEYC’s Early Childhood Advocacy Day 2020.

Something you might like –
The article posted in NPR’s newsletter on October 8, 2019 “Why all Parents Should Talk to Their Kids About Social Identity” by Corey Turner, stated that a majority of parents rarely, if ever, discuss categories of social identity such as race, ethnicity, gender, class or other categories of social identity with their children. According to a new, nationally representative survey of more than 6,000 parents conducted by Sesame Workshop and NORC at the University of Chicago, Tanya Haider, Executive Vice President for Strategy, Research and Ventures at Sesame Workshop found that children naturally question differences and should be able to see themselves represented in positive ways. If parents are hesitant to discuss what the children are noticing this at times sends a wrong message to the children that their questions are wrong. As a result of this study Sesame Street has provided important tools for parents and educators to expand their appreciation of the importance of social identity development. To read more click here, here and here:

Quote we’re pondering – 
“Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.” – Anonymous


Have a wonderful weekend, all!
NJAEYC Public Policy Team