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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 –  Child Care Aware of America has released their annual report, “US and the High Price of Child Care: An Examination of a Broken System”. The report states that there are more than 12 million children younger than age five are in some form of child care in the United States and provides a review of how child care is an issue for all of us. The report shares Child Care Aware of America’s policy recommendations for supporting families and child care providers. 

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What’s going on in NJ – Advocates for Children of NJ (ACNJ) released a statement of concern that according to new research from the Food Research & Action Center and the Think Babies campaign New Jersey lags behind nationally when it comes to accessing federal programs to feed young children living in low-income households. According to the fact sheet, far too many young children in New Jersey experience food insecurity and poverty. Just 67 percent of eligible New Jersey infants benefit from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), compared to 77 percent nationally. This program provides critical nutrition support to pregnant women, infants and toddlers. NJAEYC joins in supporting ACNJ and the Zero to Three’s, Think Babies™ campaign to help to increase awareness about food insecurity among the youngest children and the need to expand the reach of the programs that help.

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What’s coming up–

SAVE THE DATE – NJAEYC is excited to announce that an “Advocacy Day” will be held on January 16, 2020 at the War Memorial Building in Trenton, NJ. The morning session will provide participants information on the current legislation and the impact on our NJ children and families. Participants will also be provided with tools and information on how to prepare a message to NJ Legislators on the importance of early childhood education in NJ. In the afternoon meetings with legislators will be scheduled to discuss current legislation and how their support will help NJ’s children and families. Please join us to raise our voices for the needs of our children and families. Stay tuned for more information on registering for NJAEYC’s Advocacy Day 2020. 

Something you might like – NJAEYC is excited to launch three new tools.  Take a moment to visit our new website.  This is your hub for all events, resources and membership information.  Have you logged into the new Shared Resources site?  If not, don’t miss out!  This membership benefit is a must have for every early childhood professional.   Finally, we are thrilled to introduce our new Voter Voice tool. Through this part of our website we will be able to connect our members with current policy campaigns, legislation and relative early childhood information.  Keep an eye on your email for the next campaign.  

Quote we’re pondering –  “When I say up, do you say down? When I say left, do you say right? Why are we always initially oppositional to our fellow humans?” Participants discovered how and why we humans are stuck in patterns and mindsets that we don’t realize run our lives and repeat repeatedly. Ron Shuali M.Ed. Keynote Speaker, @ the NJAEYC 2019 Conference.

Have a wonderful weekend, all!
NJAEYC Public Policy Team