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NJAEYC Public Policy 5-Bullet-Point Friday-August 2019

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 – 
NAEYC sent out a recent update on happenings in Congress, child care and the budget caps. The Congress is working to come to an agreement that raises the debt ceiling and the budget caps. NAEYC reminds all that their team is focused on making sure the caps are lifted so that CCDBG and other key programs receive needed funding increases. NAEYC encourages all to continue to advocate with your legislatures. To read more about other states advocacy click here.

 What’s going on in NJ –

Good News! On June 30, 2019 Governor Murphy signed the 2020 budget that included $9 million in increased child care funds. The budget also includes $68 million to expand preschool to additional districts, support existing preschool programs and assist in wraparound services and $9 million for state and local census outreach. We thank Governor Murphy for his support for these programs that impact New Jersey’s children and families. To read more click here.
 What’s coming up-
On July 18, 2019, Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) convened a preschool expansion advisory group to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to share information relevant to the NJ Preschool Expansion initiative. Applications for the next phase of the NJ Preschool Expansion are due August 1, 2019. To read more click here.

 Something you might like –

Parents and early childhood professionals want what is best for children. Family engagement is an important process that brings together parents, other family members, children and early childhood professionals to work together in partnership of children’s learning, healthy development, and well-being. Early childhood programs are encouraged to embed family engagement activities in their curriculum to create opportunities to engage families. To read more click here.
 Quote we’re pondering – 
At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. Jane D. Hull
Have a wonderful weekend, all!
 
NJAEYC Public Policy Team
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NJAEYC Public Policy 5-Bullet-Point Friday-July 2019

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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 BLUEjust click on it for more details

 

  What’s going on in the US – 
In FY2018 and FY 2019, New Jersey received annual increases in Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) discretionary funding. These funds have helped New Jersey to increase subsidy rates, provide support to child care providers to comply with CCDBG health and safety requirements, offer incentives to expand the number of available openings for infants and toddlers, and provide more quality programs available for infants and toddlers. Although this funding was significant for New Jersey these funds have been insufficient to raise the child care subsidy rates high enough to fully support the costs of operating high quality programs particularly for our population of infants and toddlers. With the cost of child care a struggle for many families it is important that the CCDBG funding be increased allowing more families to be eligible for child care assistance. To read more click here:
Every Child Matters states that they are making children a national priority. Their team is urging policymakers to support the needed investments that will assist America’s families and children. Working families need solutions to minimize the strains faced each day. Most are faced with very hard decisions when trying to work and have a family. Our families need paid sick leave and family medical leave, affordable child care, and fair wages to allow them the security and flexibility needed to build careers and adequately support their families. Working parents need the ability to find safe, secure and developmentally appropriate settings for their children. Every Child Matters states that unfortunately due to the skyrocketing costs of child care quality care is out of reach for many families. Every Child Matters supports high quality care for all families and fair wages for child care workers. To read more  click here: 

 What’s going on in NJ –

Good News in New Jersey! We are pleased to inform you that the proposed New Jersey budget allocates $9 million for accurate census count and includes funding for the formation of the statewide Complete Count Commission. This funding is needed to ensure that every child in New Jersey is counted in 2020. We thank many legislative members, including Senator Nilsa-Cruz Perez, Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, and Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey, who sponsored this budget resolution of $9 million for Census outreach through the Complete Count Commission. To read more Click here:
 What’s coming up-
NJAEYCis looking to select four guest bloggers for the 2019-2020 school year!  We are excited to launch our NJAEYC Blog and are looking for writers who are passionate and committed to this vision.  We will be looking for writers who are able to contribute in the following areas: -Current issues and topics in the national and statewide ECE scene  – Advocacy -Classroom Activities -Making and Tinkering -Assessment and Observation  – Equity and Diversity -NJ Shared Resources – Quality -Outdoor Play.   If you are interested please contact SharedResourcesNJ@gmail.com by July 29th.

 Something you might like –

In the article “Understanding the True Cost of Child Care for Infants and Toddlers”, by Simon Workman and Steven Jessen Howard posted on 11/15/18. This article focuses on the struggle that families have to afford the cost of child care and that these costs in many cases do not provide high quality care or adequate wages for child care providers. The high cost of child care along with the quality concerns and low wages for child care providers causes many concerns for families as well as policymakers. In an attempt to look at the factors causing these issues this report uses data from the “Center for American Progress”, “Where Does Your Child Care Dollar Go?” tool and a new analysis that estimates the cost of child care specifically related to infant and toddler care. To read more Click here:
 Quote we’re pondering – 
“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” Fred Rogers
Have a wonderful weekend, all!
 
NJAEYC Public Policy Team

 

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NJAEYC Public Policy 5-Bullet-Point Friday-June 2019

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 – 
The 2020 Census is coming up in March to April, 2020. The Constitution requires every person in the United States be counted. The federal government uses this data to allocate over $800 billion a year in funds. Some of these programs use census data to distribute funding that serve children, including child care subsidy programs. In 2010, 1 in 5 children were missed in the census data. The Count All Kids Committee was created to assist the Census Bureau to ensure that every person be counted including our children. To read more click here: https://countallkids.org/what-will-happen-in-2020/

 What’s going on in NJ –

Strolling Thunder was held on May 30th sponsored by Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ). Nearly 150 babies, their families and advocates gathered in front of the State House Annex in Trenton to rally for our most vulnerable residents and brought attention to what our youngest children need to thrive. NJAEYC was excited to have the opportunity to partner with ACNJ and Lakeshore Learning. A simulated toddler classroom was set up highlighting to all what a quality classroom should look like. During the press conference, ACNJ delivered a petition to governor Murphy and legislators to take immediate action to increase state child care subsidy payments as a result of the increase in the minimum wage set to rise to $10.00 an hour on July 1st. To read more click here:
https://www.nj.com/opinion/2019/06/workers-deserved-a-raise-but-murphys-not-doing-the-full-job-endangering-the-most-vulnerable-editorial.html
 What’s coming up-
On June 6, 2019 Governor Murphy visited North Brunswick school district to highlight his administration’s commitment to funding pre-K through 12 in his proposed budget which includes focus on investing in our youngest learners. The governor also announced the creation of the Division of Early Childhood within the Department of Education which elevates the importance of early childhood education to his administration. Cary Booker was named as the Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Early Childhood. To read more click here:

https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562019/approved/20190606a.shtml

 Something you might like –

In continuing the thought provoking discussion following Dr. Michael Hannon’s keynote address at the NJAEYC’s Leadership Institute Conference, A Day of Advocacy, Diversity and Inclusion, May 10, 2019, here is an article by Susan Friedman. The article, “Developing Empathy to Build Warm, Inclusive Classrooms”, presents valuable tips for early childhood educators to develop a warm, inviting and inclusive classroom. Click here to read the article:

https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/tyc/apr2019/developing-empathy-inclusive-classrooms
 Quote we’re pondering – 

 “Diversity and Inclusion are the outcomes of advocacy.” Dr. Michael Hannon, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Leadership, Montclair University, Keynote Speaker at NJAEYC’s Leadership Institute Conference, A Day of Advocacy, Diversity and Inclusion, May 10, 2019.

Have a wonderful weekend, all!
 
NJAEYC Public Policy Team
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NJAEYC Public Policy 5-Bullet-Point Friday-May 2019

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.
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5 Bullet-Point Friday turns one this month!!!
  What’s going on in the US – 
Below is a great article that expresses succinctly why it is continually important for us to encourage our legislators to address the nation’s child care shortage without sacrificing program quality or endangering child safety just to cut costs.

Child Care Supply by Congressional District

 What’s going on in NJ –

Strolling Thunder is an annual rally on May 30th in Trenton that aims to bring attention to what our youngest children need to thrive: quality child care, healthy starts for babies and support for their new parents.
To watch a video, click here
To register, click here
To read more, click here
 What’s coming up-
A5066 is a  bill that aims to create child care centers in public schools.  It appears as if this bill could be an effective use of unused classroom space and generate more money for school districts.  Click  here for an article that addresses some major concern child care centers have with the bill.
Members of the Women’s and Children Committee will review the bill A5066 on May 13th.  NJAEYC members can continue to reach out to legislators about concerns of this bill.  You can find your representatives by clicking here.
 Click here to track the bill’s status

 Something you might like –

May 1st was Worthy Wage Day, marking 27 years of advocacy for a living wage for early childhood educators.
For a deeper dive, read this  report by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE). The report also includes a comprehensive list of recommendations for compensation reform.
For further reading on the topic:
 Quote we’re pondering – 

 “Education breeds confidence.  Confidence breeds hope.  Hope breeds peace.”  Confucius

Have a wonderful weekend, all!
 
NJAEYC Public Policy Team
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NJAEYC Public Policy 5-Bullet-Point Friday-April 2019

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 – 

 What’s going on in NJ –

NJ S3330, a bill which would permit the use of public schools and school district property for certain child care services for children younger than school age, passed the Senate by a vote of 24-8.  For a deeper dive on the bill, read an article or  follow the Bill.
 What’s coming up-
The Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) will sponsor Strolling Thunder New Jersey, on May 30th. ACNJ invites babies and their families and advocates joining them in Trenton for a stroll in front of the State House Annex to urge Governor Murphy and the Legislature that makes babies a higher state priority. To register for the event, click here.
Also, we are holding a Leadership Institute:  A Day of Advocacy, Diversity, and Inclusion on May 10th.  For more info click here.

 Something you might like –

Click here for a brief video about latest information about The Power to Profession initiative.  Read the draft, review the additional resources, share with your colleagues, and complete the  online survey.

 Quote we’re pondering – 

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” Rita Pierson (from TED Talks Every Kid Needs a Champion)

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

 
NJAEYC Public Policy Team
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NJAEYC Board Nomination Packet

NJAEYC has leadership opportunities available now.
If you are interested in a position on the Board of NJAEYC or know someone who might be please see the attached Nomination Packet.  If you are interested in serving on one of our many committees please reach out to:
Helen Muscato: mail@njaeyc.org

Board Member Positions Available for 2019:

-President Elect
-Vice President of Membership
-Vice President of Marketing/Social Media
Forms to Submit:
 
1. Nomination Application
2. Current Resume
3. Two Letters of Recommendation
Your completed application and all documentation should be emailed no later than March, 25 2019 to: njaeycgovernance@gmail.com
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NJAEYC Public Policy 5-Bullet-Point Friday-March 2019

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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 – 
The Decennial Census happens every ten years. The Constitution requires that every person in the United States be counted-adults, children and babies, citizens, immigrants, or visitors. Census Day will be April 1, 2020.
The  Casey Foundation’s 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book warns that the 2020 census is mired in challenges that could shortchange the official census count by at least 1 million kids younger than age 5. This discrepancy would put hundreds of millions of federal dollars at risk and, in doing so, underfund programs that are critical for family stability and opportunity.
For a deeper dive:

 What’s going on in NJ –

As our state moves towards raising the state’s minimum wage, it could have a huge impact on Early Childhood Education, as it could impact things like wages for ECE workers, tuition costs for centers and families, and/or families’ eligibility for state/federal assistance programs.
 What’s coming up-
The Public Policy Team is very excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant from The Nicholson Foundation to work toward our public policy goals in 2019.
Our first project was taking a team of people to Washington DC for the Public Policy Forum Feb. 24- 26.
If you would like to be part of any of the Public Policy Team’s initiatives or activities, please check out the attachment and contact us at njaeycadvocacy@gmail.com if interested.

 Something you might like –

In lieu of talks around Power to the Profession, universal pre-k and pre-k expansion in New Jersey,  here’s an interesting read:  Putting Degrees Within Reach – Strategies for Financing Early Educator Degrees

 Quote we’re pondering – 

 “I realized if you can change a classroom, you can change a community, and if you change enough communities you can change the world.” – Erin Gruwell
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NJAEYC Public Policy 5-Bullet-Point Friday-February 2019

5 Bullet-Point Friday
 February 2019
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 – 
As childcare funding is a huge bi-partisan topic in Washington, here are two resources to help understand some of the key elements in the discussion.
  What’s going on in NJ –

The Advocacy Changes Things Team (ACT) has gone live.  Last month, we welcomed new state legislators and introduced ourselves in hopes to educate and partner around Early Childhood Education initiatives (see below for more details about ACT Team).

We have 25 out of 40 districts and are still looking for people to help us out in Districts 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 13, 20, 21, 26, 29, 30, 33, 35, 38, & 40).  Clink here for a link that connects districts to NJ Counties and Towns.
Contact us at njaeycadvocacy@gmail.com if interested.
 What’s coming up-
The Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development (DHS/DFD) currently has scholarship funds available to support individuals employed by centers that participate in the state’s Child Care Subsidy Program.
If you have questions or need help accessing the scholarship, please call the NJ Workforce Registry at 1-877-522-1050 or email NJWorkforceRegistry@pcgus.com
Please share this information with others that might not know these funds are available.

 Something you might like –

Trauma’s Tragedy and Treatment is a five-part video series that explores how childhood trauma can impact a person for decades to come. The series delves into how Newark is trying to become a trauma-informed city by 2020.

 Quote we’re pondering – 

The A.C.T. Team is a collection of NJAEYC members from each NJ legislative district who have committed to communicating with our legislators when Early Childhood Education (ECE) issues are either being voted on or are getting ready to be voted on.
The general idea is that we will send you a short non-partisan blurb from NJAEYC for you to personalize and forward by phone, email, or letter to the legislator in the district you live.  Sometimes it will be a thank you, sometimes it will be educational, sometimes it will be asking them to support something.
Legislators prefer to hear directly from people who vote for them, not just from state wide leaders of organizations like NJAEYC.  Our hope is that this type of semi-regular contact will help our overall relationship at the state level.
Have a wonderful weekend, all!
 
NJAEYC Public Policy Team
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NJAEYC Public Policy 5-Bullet-Point Friday-January 2019

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 – 
Early education is one of the few issues with bipartisan support. Congress last year nearly doubled the amount of Child Care and Development Block Grant(CCDBG) funding, while also boosting appropriations for Head Start and sustaining the Preschool Development Grant program.
At last year’s Public Policy Forum, we were able to be part of this conversation!
Interesting in going to this year’s Public Policy Forum?
It’s in Washington, DC – Sunday February 24-Tuesday, February 26, 2019.
Registration ends January 25th.
If interested, please email us at njaeycadvocacy@gmail.com
  What’s going on in NJ –
NJAEYC is excited to be working with Zero to Three to advocate for affordable, accessible and high quality care for New Jersey’s infants and toddlers.  This spring we will be bringing our concerns about Infant and Toddler quality and the needs of our infant/toddler professionals to Trenton to meet with our State Legislators and we want you to join us!
We are looking for members to come with us to present their stories.  We need infant and toddler teachers, directors and parents. If you or someone you know fits this description and is passionate about bringing change to their field, sign up to join us.
Worried about what you would say?  We have you covered. Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) will partner with us to hold an advocacy meeting in January to go over talking points!  Email us at njaeycadvocacy@gmail.com for an invite to the meeting…. dinner will be served!
 
Start the New Year off right and be an advocate because advocacy changes things!
  What’s coming up-
In 2019, the NJAEYC Public Policy team is going to be more active than we have been in a few years.  If you are interested helping to plan, organize, communicate, train, facilitate, brainstorm, or whatever else, let us know and jump in.  Here’s some of what we are working on:
  • Send monthly A.C.T. team communications with legislators
  • Public Policy Forum in Washington DC in February
  • Hire Public Policy Intern
  • Work on Think Babies Campaign with State Partners
  • Facilitate Public Policy discussions at NJAEYC Conferences
  • Host Power to the Profession Discussions around NJ
  • Visit Rhode Island’s NAEYC Advocacy Day in May
  • Visit Delaware’s NAEYC Advocacy Day in May
  • Take a Tour of Trenton to plan for a NJAEYC Advocacy Day 2020

 Something you might like –

You could argue that some of the most important changes in the world, such as the end of the slave trade or votes for women, were achieved through advocacy. Knowing how to do it well is crucial for people who want to shape our world for the better. When advocacy works well it can be transformative!
Click here on an interesting article:  Why 2019 is a Critical Year for Child Care.
Click here for seconds:

Effective Advocacy 101:  How to Bring about Change in Five Steps. 

 Quote we’re pondering – 

From last year’s participants at the Public Policy Forum:
  • “Go! It is an incredible experience that you will regret if you miss it.”
  •  “Everyone, from first-time advocates to lobbyists, walks away from this forum with more confidence and expertise.”
  •  “Your voice must be heard and the Forum will give you the tools to do so.”
  •  “You will be amazed at what you will learn in this short period of time. We need you.”
  •  “This experience is transformative! You owe it to yourself to attend.”
Have a wonderful weekend, all!
 
NJAEYC Public Policy Team
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NJAEYC Public Policy 5-Bullet Friday- November 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 – 
Ballotpedia connects people with politics by changing the way they access the information they need to be informed about federal, state, and local politics. Their content includes neutral, accurate, and verifiable information on government officials and the offices they hold, political issues and public policy, elections, candidates, and the influencers of politics. Here’s a couple of items regarding NJ voting this November:
  What’s going on in NJ –
The Department of Human Services announced an expansion of funding for child care by $38 million, with infant care as a priority. NJAEYC Public Policy Team has been very active this past year at hearing and meetings, advocating for our members, centers, and children about these topics.
Click here for the full article and additional information.
  What’s coming up-
We had a great response at the Annual Conference for our Advocacy Changes Things Team (A.C.T.). Thanks to all who signed up!
The A.C.T. Team is a collection of NJAEYC members from each NJ legislative district who have committed to communicating with our legislators when Early Childhood Education issues are either voted on or are getting ready to be voted on.
The general idea is that we will send you a short non-partisan blurb from NJAEYC for you to personalize and forward by phone, email, or letter to the legislator in the district you live.  Sometimes it will be a thank you, sometimes it will be educational, sometimes it will be an ask.  They prefer to hear directly from people who vote on them then only from state wide leaders of organizations like NJAEYC.
We have 25 of 40 districts covered and are in need of help for the following districts to be filled:  3,4,7,10,13,19,20,21,26,29,30,33,35,38,40.
If you need to know what district you live in, click here.
If interested, please email us at publicpolicy@njaeyc.org

 Something you might like –

“Why Do Parents Spend So Much on Child Care, Yet Early Childhood Educators Earn So Little?” is an excellent short video (3 minutes) developed by The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment to explain why parents cannot afford to pay and educators cannot afford to stay, and proposes a solution for a better way to support children, their families and early educators

 Quote we’re pondering – 

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.
Have a wonderful weekend, all!
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