early childhood

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

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

2018 NJAEYC Annual Conference Online Registration & Payment

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Join us for the 2018 Annual Conference!

Please join the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children – NJAEYC for the Annual State Conference at the DoubleTree Hotel, 200 Atrium Dr., Somerset, NJ on October 19-20, 2018

For additional information contact Helen Muscato, Conference Coordinator at   (732)329-0033 or online at mail@njaeyc.org

Please download the conference brochure for workshops and conference details.

Register early to get the early bird rate. After September 30th the rates go up by $25!

Register Online

Step 1: Submit Registration

Attending Friday, Saturday or both?

Fee includes breakfast & lunch

Friday Sessions


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Saturday Sessions

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Meal Preference


To complete your registration, please:

1) Click "Submit" to send your registration form.
2) Attendees only: Then select the payment option below. Presenters: No payment is due.
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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!

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.

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.)

Select Fee

Select # of Outlets


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


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.

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!

NJAEYC and CCA for Social Good to develop an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Shared Resources online platform

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Over 2,000 New Jersey Child Care Providers to Receive Free Access to Resources that Support Quality Child Care

Launching in the summer of 2015, NJ Shared Resources will save time, reduce costs, and improve quality for childcare centers and home-based providers. 

Manchester, NH – The New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children (NJAEYC), and CCA For Social Good, a division of CCA Global Partners, are excited to announce they have entered into an agreement to develop an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Shared Resources online platform, to support the work of early child care and education professionals in New Jersey.

“Over 1,200 tools available on NJ Shared Resources will support child care directors in functions such as program administration, marketing, human resources, training, group purchasing, and more,” stated Denise Sayer, Vice President of CCA For Social Good. “The significant time and money savings realized by using the platform will mean less time tied up in handling paperwork, and more time available to spend in the classroom.”

“NJAEYC is committed to supporting high quality early education in New Jersey, “added Amanda Di Scala, President of NJAEYC. “The ECE-specific templates, forms, policies, and how to guides available on NJ Shared Resources will be a tremendous asset to our members, and will prove to ensure quality care for children in our state.”

The site, www.NJSharedResources.org, will mark the twenty-second ECE Shared Resources platform that CCA For Social Good will have launched by the end of summer 2015. The website will be made free to members of the NJAEYC.

For more information about CCA For Social Good and ECE Shared Resources, please contact Erin Hathaway 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 view a sample platform, 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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