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


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!

2018 NJAEYC Annual Conference Exhibitor’s Contract

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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.

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2018 NJAEYC Annual State Conference

Save the Date

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Please join the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children – NJAEYC for their Annual State Conference at the DoubleTree Hotel in Somerset on October 19-20, 2018.

Highlights include:
Friday Keynote – Lisa Murphy, Ed.D. Early Childhood Specialist.

Lisa is the founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc. where her mission is to assist in the transformation of the industry of early childhood education by offering the best workshops and trainings; the most up to date materials and resources: and insightful conversations and connections through the power of social media. Her standing room only seminars have become nationally known for their humor, inspiration and energetic delivery.

Saturday Keynote – Sharron Krull – Teacher, trainer, consultant and play guru.

Sharron is a passionate, enthusiastic and playful teacher who is always learning from the children and makes it her business to help you set your inner child loose! As an early childhood specialist for 42 years, she travels worldwide conducting, workshops, seminars and keynote speeches sharing developmentally appropriate curriculum activities and resources.

  • New workshops and featured presentations
  • Networking opportunities with other Early Childhood Professionals
  • Special surprises for NJAEYC members only
  • Exhibits and door prizes and much more…….Brochure will be available this summer on our website www.njaeyc.org or contact NJAEYC at mail@njaeyc.org or 732-329-0033

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


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 –


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



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.

2018 Ocean County Children’s Festival

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


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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

Save the Date: Train the Trainer Event!

Save the Date!
NJAEYC and New Jersey Consortium for Early Childhood Consultants Co-Sponsored Train the Trainer Event!
Models for the Future: Quality Practices for Educators
Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Lunch 12:00 p.m.- 12:45 p.m.)

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92 E Gand Avenue
Rahway, NJ 07065
Members- $125.00
Non-Members- $175.00
Two Tracks Available:
  Experienced Trainer- Topic- Reflective Practice (Space Limited)
  Emerging Trainer- Topic- Taking the fear out of STEM (Space Limited)
For More Information:
Sereeta Cantres: cantres@hotmail.com
Amanda DiScala: discalaamanda@gmail.com
Look for Registration Information to Follow in April!

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