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NJAEYC Public Policy 5-Bullet Friday- October 2018

Hi All!
Here is our monthly dose of “5-Bullet 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 – 
President Trump has signed the spending package financing early childhood, K-12, and higher education for Fiscal Year 2019. Check out the AFEE newsletter from earlier in the week for details on the money – AND know that it means good news for CCDBG funding in your states.
Here’s some more info on the Preschool Development Grants
  What’s going on in NJ –
Following the NJDOE Round 2 announcements, there are now 110 communities with access to state-funded, full-day pre-k.
  What’s coming up-
Come visit us at the Public Policy Table at the NJAEYC Annual Conference on Oct 19-20.  We would love to talk to you about some upcoming activities we are doing and to see if any of you would like join us in Washington DC this year at our  Public Policy Forum.

 Something you might like –

Here’s an article that looks at the workforce crisis in the US that is prompting the child care industry to use business tactics that resemble Wall Street more than Sesame Street.  We highlight this to continue to show how important our advocacy work is for our students and families, but also for the child care centers.

 Quote we’re pondering – 

Have a wonderful weekend, all!
 
NJAEYC Public Policy Team
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NJAEYC Public Policy 5-Bullet Friday- September 2018

Hi All!
Here is our monthly dose of “5-Bullet 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 – 
 KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and a premier source of data on children and families. Each year, the Foundation produces a comprehensive report – the KIDS COUNT Data Book  – that assesses child well-being in the United States. The indicators featured in the Data Book are also available in the Data Center.  Click here for results based on location.
  What’s going on in NJ –
NJDOE announced the newest pre-k expansion school districts! Click here for info about the Round 1 communities NJDOE selected to start pre-k by Oct 2018.
More districts will be announced by NJDOE (Round 2) in early Oct for start in Jan 2019.
  What’s coming up-
NJAEYC is a proud partner in New Jersey’s Right from the Start campaign and a proud partner of the national ZERO TO THREE Think Babies  campaign to promote enriching early experiences and a strong foundation for development from the start.
ACNJ is leading this in NJ and compiled a report from parents about the challenges parents of infants-toddlers face when trying to find safe, reliable and affordable quality child care in New Jersey, through a series of focus groups and interviews. Below is a snapshot of what they said. Read the report.
Have your own child care story? Your voice matters, and we want to hear from you to continue to make the case for infant and toddler child care needs in NJ.  Click here to share your story.

 Something you might like –

Here’s a few children’s books on advocacy:  One Word from Sophia  & If you plant a seed.

 Quote we’re pondering – 

Have a wonderful weekend, all!
 
NJAEYC Public Policy Team
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NJAEYC Public Policy 5-Bullet Friday- August 2018

Here is our monthly dose of “5-Bullet 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 – 
America for Early Ed turns 1 year old.  Prior to the 2016 Presidential election, supported by the extraordinary support of our members and Affiliates, NAEYC launched Early Ed for President, our first non-partisan electoral advocacy campaign.
Reaching over 6 million people, Early Ed for President elevated the conversation around early childhood education and educators in the context of national, state, and local elections.   Here’s a great summary of ways to get involved with this movement.
  What’s going on in NJ –
For the first time ever, the 2018 New Jersey Kids Count report-Babies Count, breaks down the data on child well-being to focus on children under age 3, tracking how well infants and toddlers are doing, who they are and the challenges they face
  What’s coming up-
On Aug 3, NJ DOE set Round 2 of pre-k expansion funding!! There are 114 districts on the list – and one of them could be yours! Key deadlines are Aug 10 (projected enrollment) and Aug 16 (mandatory TA mtg). PLS CONTACT NJ DOE DIRECTLY.
If interested, we recommend signing up on Pre-K Our Way’s mailing list.
Also, here’s an interesting article from a national perspective on pre-k expansion.
NJAEYC is planning another Pre-K Expansion panel in September.  Stay tuned for more details.

 Something you might like –

This article looks at some ideas around the gaps in education for students who come from households that don’t speak English, specifically the Hispanic population.

 Quote we’re pondering – 

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” ~Maya Angelou
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Public Policy Urgent Notice

As most of you know the State Budget includes significant funding for early childhood; Including Pre-K Expansion.

Although the districts are not named yet, there is a mandatory meeting for all interested districts on July 13th at 9:30 p.m.

1.5 Technical Assistance Workshop The Division of Early Childhood Education will host a mandatory face-to-face Technical Assistance (TA) Workshop for all Preschool Education Expansion Aid (PEEA) applicants.

The workshop is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on July 13, 2018, at the New Jersey Department of Education, 100 River View Plaza, Trenton, NJ, first floor conference room.It is recommended that districts identify a team of administrators to participate in the technical assistance workshop. Districts are required to send a minimum of one representative district staff member in order to be eligible to apply.

Pre-registration is required. Register online by July 10, 2018.

Now is the time to contact your superintendent to be sure your district and your program are ready for the next round of funding.
THE NOTIFICATION OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING LINK:
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT:

 

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NJAEYC Public Policy 5-Bullet Friday- July 2018

Here is our monthly dose of “5-Bullet 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 – 
#FamiliesBelongTogether – New Jersey and 40 other NAEYC Affiliates signed on to the Affiliate resolution on family detention. If you have not seen it, it can be found updated on the blog (direct link to PDF is here).  You can also see it on NAEYC’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
  What’s going on in NJ –
Last week’s state budget negotiations had many items affecting kids and families, specifically in areas we have been advocating for this year.  In brief, the FY2019 budget includes more aid for public schools, expansion of preschool, an increase in the state Earned Income Tax Credit, a new child care and dependent tax credit, funding for child nutrition programs and more. Read details.
  What’s coming up-
The NJAEYC Public Policy Team is growing in our scope and activity.  We are in the process of working with two organizations to receive grants so that we can expand our work.  If you are interested in joining our team, please email us publicpolicy@njaeyc.com.
We are specially looking for people interested in Birth -3 and for people willing to be put on our Legislative Activation List (a list of people in different legislative districts willing to contact our state legislatures on different early childhood education topics throughout the year).

 Something you might like –

The Early Childhood Workforce Index provides a composite appraisal of the early childhood workforce in each state focused on: Earnings and Economic Security; Early Childhood Workforce Policies; and Family and Income Support Policies.
Here’s a summary of the research in NJ.

 Quote we’re pondering –
“There are a million reasons not to hope. Hope anyway.” – Nathan Hamm

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NJAEYC Public Policy 5-Bullet Friday- June 2018

Here is our monthly dose of “5-Bullet 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 – 
Sometimes there seems to be a disconnect between educators who work with children prior to elementary school and those who teach in the early grades, but new survey results find a strong connection between the two groups.
Here’s the results from a survey of more than 530 current or recent K-3 teachers.
 What’s going on in NJ –
Now is the most effective time to let your legislators know that you support pre-k expansion. Why? Because right now the budget discussions – and decisions – are underway in Trenton.
Pre-K Our Way has made it easy for us to contact our legislators to them know to FUND PRE-K NOW! It always helps to let elected officials know that you believe in high-quality pre-k – and that you want it for the 50,000 children waiting in our state and in hundreds of communities – including your community!
 What’s coming up-
ZERO TO THREE  is a national advocacy organization focused on ensuring that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.  They have headed up the #Think Babies campaign and worked with ACNJ last month with Strolling Thunder New Jersey.
We are one of four NAEYC affiliates that will be partnering with Zero to Three that will support alignment and coordination opportunities between America for Early Ed, Power to the Profession, and Think Babies; and integrate Think Babies policy areas into our Affiliate policy priorities as they are developed and/or updated.
 Something you might like –
National Women’s Law Center (NWCL) has put out a “Childcare is Fundamental Fact Sheet.” We think this is important information and might be helpful as you have discussions with people about Early Childhood Education.
 Quote we’re pondering – 
“To sit home, read one’s favorite paper, and scoff at the misdeeds of the men who do things is easy, but it is markedly ineffective. It is what evil men count upon the good men’s doing.”  Theodore Roosevelt
Have a wonderful weekend, all!
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NJAEYC Public Policy 5 Bullet Friday- May 2018

 

 

5 Bullet Friday-
May 2018

 

 

Hi All!

Here is our monthly dose of “5-Bullet 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 –

State of Preschool 2017 is a report from NIEER that includes trend data from 2002, when they first started tracking state pre-K, to 2017 + special section on state policies supporting young dual language learners.

Here’s the link for NJ report

What’s going on in NJ –

Each year, NJAEYC encourages its members, leading up to and on Election Day, to encourage community members to get registered, get involved, and vote for the candidate of their choice.
Recently in NJ, legislation was signed to expand voter registration and protect voting rights.

What’s coming up-

We’ve collected a diverse panel to have conversation on May 10th to help us to have better answers (and better questions) as to what this means for private providers going forward in NJ.

Something you might like –

Bill Track 50 is a website where you can easily track a legislator or a specific bill.  You can use the search box to enter terms contained in bills (make sure you put quotes around phrases).   You can click on any bill number and you’ll be taken to that bill’s page. Notice the tabs across the top showing all the available information.  Click on any bill sponsor’s name to get info about that legislator.
Review this Getting Started Post or this new user tutorial video for more basic tips

Quote we’re pondering –

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” -Rabbi Hillel

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

 NJAEYC Public Policy Team

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NJAEYC Public Policy 5 Bullet Friday- April 2018

 

 

5 Bullet Friday-
April 2018

 

 

 

Hi All!

Here is our monthly dose of “5-Bullet 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 –

Power to the Profession Task Force

Power to the Profession is a national collaboration to unify the early childhood education profession birth through age 8 by working with national and state organizations—and most importantly, with you—to establish a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards and compensation.

Thirteen of us went to Washington DC for a Public Policy Forum to support Power to the Profession and a few other items.  You can access the recap here.

What’s going on in NJ –

Gov. Murphy Proposes Significant Funding for Pre-K Expansion

Although additional details will be available in the coming days, the $83 million proposed in the governor’s first budget provides $50 million in new funding for pre-k expansion for more communities.

Click here to hear the part of his address where he talks about his plan for early education

Anyone interested in a conversation to see if your center is eligible or how to become eligible for these funds?

What’s coming up-

Strolling Thunder

On May 21, 2018, ACNJ will hold an event entitled Strolling Thunder NJ, at the State Capitol in Trenton to bring attention to issues affecting infants, toddlers and their families.

Something you might like –

Aerogarden

This might be something fun in your home, office, classroom to make an easy indoor garden for herbs, flowers, tomatoes, or whatever.

Quote we’re pondering –

“To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children . . . to leave the world a bit better . . . to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson”

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

 NJAEYC Public Policy Team

 

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Pamala A. Brooks Scholarship Award

Congratulations, Samara Florexil!

Pamala A.Brooks Scholarship in Early Childhood Education Recipient…..

Samara is currently studying at Kean University majoring in Early Childhood Education and Sociology. She is a part of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education and loves to volunteer – especially for the kids. Her teaching philosophy is to help students understand that their identity and background makes a difference in how they learn and experience the world around them. Samara would like to teach in an urban area to give back to the communities from her childhood. She currently holds a Substitute Certification in New Jersey and speaks Creole & French. Samara looks forward to a May 2018 graduation.

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Launch of NJSharedResources.org Affords Free Access to 1,200+ Early Childhood Education Resources

NJSharedResourcesResources will support quality child care for practitioners in New Jersey

Manchester, NH – CCA For Social Good®, a division of CCA Global Partners, and The New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children (NJAEYC), are excited to announce the launch of NJSharedResources.org. NJ Shared Resources, an online knowledge hub, is designed to help manage a child care program more efficiently and effectively and support quality child care. With access to over 1,200 practical resources, including editable templates, checklists, and policies, providers will realize significant time and cost savings, which can be reinvested into improving quality. NJ Shared Resources is available free to members of NJAEYC.

“New Jersey marks the twenty-second state to license an ECE Shared Resources platform managed by CCA For Social Good®,” explained Denise Sayer, Vice President of CCA For Social Good®. “We are thrilled to deliver this valuable resource to thousands of child care providers in New Jersey.”

“NJ Shared Resources will considerably improve the day-to-day operations of our members,” stated Amanda DiScala, President of NJAEYC. “Not only will substantial time savings be realized through the use of the many resources available, but extensive money savings as well.”

The site can be accessed by visiting www.NJSharedResources.org. Interested parties in New Jersey may receive access to the resources by filling out a New Member Request form.

For more information about CCA For Social Good® and ECE Shared Resources, please contact Erin Holt at (603) 626-2109.

For more information about the NJAEYC, please contact Helen Muscato at (732) 239-0033.

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About CCA For Social Good®

CCA For Social Good® is an operating division of CCA Global Partners, a privately held cooperative helping small businesses thrive for 30 years. CCA For Social Good® provides web-based platforms to help thousands of nonprofit organizations and early childhood education (ECE) centers manage their businesses. The platforms (integrated password-protected websites) deliver a set of powerful tools and shared resources resulting in more efficient and successful operations. CCA For Social Good® puts time and money back in the hands of directors and managers of ECE programs, allowing them to focus where it matters most: on their missions. To learn more, please visit www.ecesharedresources.com.

About the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children

The New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children (NJAEYC) is dedicated to advancing excellence in the field of early childhood education.

Our primary attention is devoted to assuring the provision of high quality early childhood programs through improvements in the professional practice and working conditions in the field of early childhood education, as well as by improving public understanding and support and funding of high quality programs in centers, homes, and schools.  The NJAEYC is a statewide association that represents teachers, directors, researchers, professors, volunteers, and others concerned with the well-being of children ages birth through eight.

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