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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 – Alliance for Success released the “Build Stronger Child Care Policy Roadmap”, an important new tool that will help child care advocates across the country focus and align their priorities as state governments and federal agencies work to rebuild the nation’s child care system. The document lays out a road map for advocates and policy leaders to move towards a stronger child care system. The document recognizes the importance of advancing quality in child care through creating a more equitable system. Four areas of work are outlined that collectively create a stronger future. The four areas includes advancing policies to: A) Increase Access and Affordability for All Families B) Advance the Early Care and Education Profession C) Reform Child Care Financing D) Build a Better Child Care Business Model Taken together, these areas of work build on each other and are a part of a comprehensive strategy to ensure that our public policy treats and funds child care as a public good.

To read more click here.

What’s going on in NJ – On September 18, 2020,  the NJ Department of Health released new rules for child care centers. The group size capacity was increased to 15 children, there is more flexibility to allow visitor access, including providers of therapeutic and treatment services and some limited flexibility to consolidate groups at the end of the day

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What’s coming up– NJAEYC invites you to join us for our kick-off of our first annual “Week of Equity Advancement in Early Childhood Education” beginning Monday, October 5th through Friday, October 9th. Each day will highlight a different activity focusing on advancing equity and diversity. The purpose of this week is to focus public attention on equity and diversity and to better meet the cultural needs of young children and their families.

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Something you might like – The film “Starting at Zero” explores the power of investing in high quality education so that all children and families have the opportunity to obtain the American Dream. The film brings together the voices of policymakers, educators, academics, business leaders, pediatricians, parents, and children. The film begins by examining the latest brain development science to demonstrate how essential the earliest years are to human potential. Key features of high-quality early learning environments and experiences are outlined followed by a look at Alabama’s #1 nationally ranked state Pre-K program. The film ends with a call to all governors for collective action to make significant investment in high quality early childhood education, to support today’s workforce and to build the workforce of tomorrow.

To read more click here.  

 

Quote we’re pondering – “No matter the terrain, one thing will remain constant. Our destination is creating an America in which high-quality child care-and the broader ECE system-is an essential public good”.  Alliance for Success

 

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

NJAEYC Public Policy Team