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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.

Anything that is BLUE, just click on it for more details

What’s going on in the US

On November 19, 2021, the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, a $1.75 trillion investment in families and babies nationwide, including groundbreaking programs for paid family and medical leave, child care and the Child Tax Credit. After decades of work from advocates, early childhood professionals, and families, this bill would establish the long-needed comprehensive family policies that would help millions of babies reach their full potential.

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What’s in Build Back Better for Babies? • ZERO TO THREE

 

What’s going on in NJ

The most recent version of the Build Back Better Act, released by the House Committee on Rules on November 3, 2021, includes significant investment in many valuable programs and resources to help children and families thrive. By investing $400 billion in child care and pre-kindergarten, the bill will provide the robust investments needed to help create transformative change. This fact sheet explains the funding structure and distribution of resources under the child care provisions of the act and outlines the estimated state allocations for the first three years of the program.

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Build Back Better Act’s Child Care Provisions: State-by-State Estimates (clasp.org)

In a recent Op-Ed to NJ.com, Beverly Ann Lee, State Representative, National Association for Family Child Care, Somerset County, reminded state and national leaders to understand that child care is early learning and this happens in home-based settings as well as institutional settings. Ms. Lee urged Governor Murphy and state legislators to include family child care educators in the decision making process that impact the child care industry in NJ.

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Justice still eludes Agent Orange veterans | Letters – nj.com

 

What’s coming up

Come join us for Your Voice Matters on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 7:00pm. NJAEYC invites you to explore ways to involve your staff and parents in advocacy efforts. Walk away with a new network of peers and tools that will assist you in ramping up your policy and advocacy efforts. Professional Development hours will be provided. Please RSVP with your name to receive the ZOOM link and download the NJAEYC App to get a reminder about this meeting.

RSVP to: mail@njaeyc.org

NAEYC’s Public Policy Forum, which will be held IN PERSON from February 27 through March 1, 2022, in Washington DC so SAVE THE DATE, and stay tuned for so much more to come, including opportunities we will be working to create for those who may not be able to make it to Washington DC.

To read more click here: 2021 Public Policy Forum | NAEYC

Save the Dates: Please join NJAEYC in celebrating the Week of the Young Child, April 2 through 8, 2022. NJAEYC will once again have grants available to support members in carrying out WOYC plans! Look for the application in early 2022.

To read more click here: Week of the Young Child | NAEYC

 

Something you might like

The webinar “Integrating Social-Emotional Techniques That Last a Lifetime” was presented by edWen.net on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. The edWebinar was presented by Laura Taylor, CEO and Co-Founder, Flathat; Elizabeth Coller, Fourth-Grade Virtual Teacher, The Kinderhearted Classroom; and Dirk Taylor, Student Engagement and Safety Advocate, Flathat. This edWebinar provided simple and practical strategies for how educators can integrate social-emotional learning techniques to help students develop competencies that last a lifetime. Using real-life stories from the classroom about how these approaches have created positive behavior change, the presenters share what they have learned with viewers.

To read more click here: edWeb Media | Upcoming Events – edWeb

 

 

Quote we’re pondering

It is easier to build an emotionally strong child, than repair a broken adult. #alittlespotofemotion Frederick Douglass

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

NJAEYC Public Policy Team