Agenda

Public Policy
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Our Goal

NJAEYC’s public policy goal is to support a system of high quality early childhood education for all children from birth to age eight. We advocate for a system that provides supports for children, families, and the early education workforce.

Early childhood professionals who work with children each day know the challenges that families face. We are in the best position to make a difference for children.  You can support our efforts as we advocate for the children in our state by donating to the NJAEYC and by staying involved! Check back here for ways you can timely advocate for high-quality early care and education at the state and national levels as issues arise! We need your voice.

NJAEYC’s work reflects the position of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Our position statements reflect research and evidence from the field. NJAEYC collaborates with like-minded organizations and works closely with state government organizations and legislators on policies impacting the field.

Our advocacy education program is conducted for all those in the field to inform them of critical issues facing the field of early care and education and provides them with the tools to effect positive change on behalf of children, families, the early childhood workforce and system-building efforts.

Public Policy AgendA

In order to support a strong society, New Jersey must ensure a high quality early educational system beginning with a well-compensated and well valued early childhood workforce. A financially stable early care and education industry will provide New Jersey families with more affordable, accessible and high-quality options for their children. In addition, New Jersey must robustly resource the early care and education system to ensure children and families have necessary health, mental health, nutrition, prenatal and parenting support.

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2024 Legislative Priorities

  • Increase workforce compensation.
  • Address the retention, recruitment and compensation problems by providing free childcare for eligible early care and education workers.
  • Increase the use of a mixed delivery system for preschool expansion areas.
  • Ensure subsidized payments continue to be paid based on enrollment.
  • Expand family access and program funding for infants and toddlers.
  • Establish a systemic alignment of education from infancy through third grade.
  • Create an updated Career Lattice that reflect compensation levels.
  • Allow for parents’ choice in making decisions relevant to their children’s educational opportunities.
  • Collaborate with other organizations to create a robust and united ECE advocacy voice.
  • Support a statewide integration of professional development opportunities.
  • Support the creation of a NJ cost of quality report.
  • Encourage policymakers to continue to authorize and appropriate additional and sufficient state funding, with support from federal funding to:
    • Recruit and retain a qualified and long-term workforce.
    • Implement the requirements for health, safety, and quality without cutting the number of children and families served or cutting services to those who receive them.

To accomplish the Public Policy Agenda constructively, NJAEYC will:

Influence state policies relative to:

  • Increase workforce compensation.
  • Address the retention, recruitment and compensation problems by providing free childcare for eligible early care and education workers.
  • Increase the use of a mixed delivery system for preschool expansion areas.
  • Ensure subsidized payments continue to be paid based on enrollment.
  • Expand family access and program funding for infants and toddlers.
  • Establish a systemic alignment of education from infancy through third grade.
  • Create an updated Career Lattice that reflect compensation levels.
  • Allow for parents’ choice in making decisions relevant to their children’s educational opportunities
  • Collaborate with other organizations to create a robust and united ECE advocacy voice.
  • Support a statewide integration of professional development opportunities.
  • Support the creation of a NJ cost of quality report.
  • Encourage policymakers to continue to authorize and appropriate additional and sufficient state funding, with support from federal funding to:
    • Recruit and retain a qualified and long-term workforce.
    • Implement the requirements for health, safety, and quality without cutting the number of
      children and families served or cutting services to those who receive them.