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 – On November 7,2020, NAEYC’s statement on the 2020 election was released. NAEYC congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, celebrating the historic nature of this Administration and the opportunities ahead. NAEYC notes that even before inauguration the focus in Washington should be on passing much-needed pandemic relief that includes robust, substantial, and targeted relief for the child care sector.
According to NAEYC’s surveys of child care providers and emerging evidence from states across the nation, 2/5 of child care programs will be forced to close permanently without additional public assistance. 86% of providers report serving fewer children than before the pandemic, and 70% of providers report incurring substantial additional costs to stay open. This crisis is urgent and untenable.
What’s going on in NJ – #Reimaginechildcare This summer, ReadyNation released a New Jersey-specific report that highlights the historic disparity between a shortage of spots in affordable, high-quality child care programs, and the state’s urgent need for them. The report, entitled Want to Strengthen New Jersey’s Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis, details how, even before the pandemic began, the state’s licensed child care centers lacked capacity for 70% of the infants and toddlers that likely needed care. When working parents cannot access quality care for their young children, their work and productivity suffers, impacting their job prospects, their employer, and their fellow taxpayers. New Jersey’s infant-toddler child care crisis is costing the state’s economy an estimated $1.7 billion per year, stemming from lost earnings, productivity, and revenue. New Jersey residents need to know how critical child care is to the economy.
What’s coming up– Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) is offering “Hear Your Roar” advocacy training sessions for parents, guardians or grandparents of a child ages 0 to 5 willing to commit to being a voice for what young children need in NJ. This training will help participants understand the system and strengthen their skills to tell their story to policymakers. While networking and bonding with other parents facing similar issues, this training will help them grow into advocates to make the needed changes for babies in our state!
To read more and register click here.
Something you might like – In the article “5 Ways COVID-19 Has Changed Child Care Forever”, posted by Michael Keshen, on 11/23/20 outlines five ways COVID-19 has changed child care. The information comes from the report: “Child Care Statistics and Industry Trends 2020”. The five areas include: 1) Programming will be offered on-site and at-home: 39% of providers indicated they were exploring remote learning opportunities and 38% intend to continue these services after the pandemic; 2) Screen Time will be more accepted: 76% of providers offered remote learning through video chat lessons. Providers expressed that the key takeaways are that remote learning for child care should look different than remote learning for older children and the key interactive component is parent participation; 3) Video tours will be common: This option offers more flexibility for working parents; 4) Scheduling will be more flexible to accommodate the change in working parent’s schedule, and; 5) Keeping strong connections will be even more important: Since families aren’t allowed inside anymore, digital communication becomes even more important. Parents want to know what is going on with their children and providing messages and updates throughout the day will give them peace of mind.
To read more click here.
Quote we’re pondering – “In the pandemic and beyond, child care and early learning are critical to our nation’s short- and long-term success,” said Ann McClain Terrell, President of NAEYC’s Governing Board. “Investing in child care is a signal of our values—how we value children, families, communities and the essential role of early childhood educators.”
Have a wonderful weekend, all!
NJAEYC Public Policy Team