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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- 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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2018 NJAEYC Annual Conference Exhibitor’s Contract

Click here to download Exhibitor’s Contract

Dear Friend of Early Childhood Educators,

The 2018 NJAEYC Annual Stateership Day and Conference is scheduled for October 19- 20 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Somerset, New Jersey. We are staying in central New Jersey to be more accessible to all NJ early childhood educators.

Our conference attracts key people in the field of early childhood education. With the increased need for our services, we are experiencing enormous growth and are always shopping! Our participants are interested and responsible for purchasing developmentally appropriate materials and equipment for their child care centers and family child care programs. We urge you to bring items available for sale.

We want our relationship with our vendors to be one that is mutually beneficial and NJAEYC is interested in exploring ways we can better support each other.

Enclosed you will find the Exhibitor’s contract. Please return the contract as soon as possible. Space is limited, so sign up early! Tables will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Register Online

Step 1: Submit Registration

Please click "submit" before proceeding to payment.

Step 2: Pay via PayPal/Credit Card

(Add to Cart may redirect you to Checkout Page in a new tab. To select outlets, simply select njaeyc.org browser tab and once you have selected Add to Cart for outlets, you will be able to complete your transaction on the Check-out page.)


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MOYC Mini-Grant Application

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Mid-State Chapter of NJAEYC invites you to apply for a Mini-Grant to help fund your:

2018 Month of the Young Child Event.

Mid State is offering a Month of the Young Child grant to encourage NJAEYC members to organize activities for MOYC.
The event should promote awareness of young children, their families, and the early childhood programs that serve them. This money should not be used for regular operating expenses.
Mini-Grants will be awarded to selected NJAEYC members for their celebration planned for Month of the Young Child during April 2018. Non-members may become members to apply for this grant by going to www.naeyc.org/membership.
Please submit your detailed application and event flyer by April 6, 2018 for consideration.
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2018 Ocean County Children’s Festival

Celebrate Families!
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: 

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Ocean County Library
101 Washington St
Toms River, NJ 08753
Free Family Fun!
  • Story Time
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Music and Movement Activities
  • Yoga and Wellness
  • Budding Artists Gallery
  • Music and Dance Performances
  • Community Resources Information
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