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2019 NJ HICC Conference Registration

NJAEYC Invites you to:
The 29th Annual Health in Child Care Conference

Healthy Children, Healthy Futures

Click Here To Download Conference Brochure.

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Where: Somerset DoubleTree, 200 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873.

Conference Schedule:

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast, Networking and Registration
8:30 am – 9:30 am: Welcome and keynote Presentation
9:30 am – 9:45 am: Shared Resources Demonstration
10:00 am – 11:30 am: Session 1
11:45 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch and Networking
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm: Session 2
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Session 3

Conference Rates:
NJAEYC Member Rate – $75.00
Non-Member Rate – $105.00

Rates include breakfast, lunch, and all workshops and materials.

For more information contact mail@njaeyc.org.

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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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2019 NJAEYC Annual Conference Exhibitor’s Contract

Click here to download Exhibitor’s Contract

The 2019 NJAEYC Annual Conference is scheduled for October 18-19 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 and a door prize if possible.

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! You can also register and pay online at www.njaeyc.org . Tables will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

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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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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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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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