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December 2011 E-news

ACNJ Releases First Paterson Kids Count

The first Paterson Kids Count found a drop in child poverty in New Jersey’s 3rd largest city and an increase in births to teenagers and children without health insurance.

On nearly all measures -- even ones that have shown improvement -- Paterson children fare worse than state averages, according to the report, produced by Advocates for Children of New Jersey in partnership with The Paterson Alliance.

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Newark Kids Count Release Set for December 15

ACNJ will release Newark Kids Count 2011 on December 15 at the Branch Brook Elementary School in Newark. The report provides a profile of child well-being in Newark’s largest city. This year’s report focuses on the city’s progress toward ensuring that all children read on target by 3rd grade. Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Superintendent Cami Anderson will be featured guests.

Register for this free event today.

Results of DYFS Staff Survey Released

A recent survey of DYFS staff found that caseworkers value their supervisors’ support and knowledge and feel strongly about the role they play in helping New Jersey children. Respondents, however, said they need training that addresses the real-life situations they face each day and services that better meet families’ needs and schedules. Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake announced initiatives that will help address some of the issues identified in the report.

Read the report. 

Educators Learn to Build Quality Kindergarten

School leaders from across New Jersey gathered last week for the first session of the latest PreK-3rd Leadership Training Series. The year’s training focuses on kindergarten and how it relates to the preschool and early elementary years. The series is especially relevant in light of the state education department’s recently adopted Kindergarten Implementation Guidelines.

The series, funded by the Foundation for Child Development, is a collaboration among ACNJ, the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Principal and Supervisors Association. This is the trainings 3rd year and has drawn participation from hundreds of New Jersey school administrators.

To learn more, contact Cynthia Rice at crice@acnj.org.

Wins for Kids on School Breakfast!

ACNJ’s recent school breakfast report has garnered a lot of attention – and spurred action!  A Salem County group of elected officials, funders and social service agencies have made school breakfast a top priority in their efforts to improve the well-being of Salem County children.

And...Edison recently announced that the district will begin rolling out classroom breakfast, directly as a result of ACNJ’s report.

Read the news story.

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In This Issue

Paterson Kids Count Released
Newark Kids Count Release Set
DYFS Staff Survey Results
Building Quality Kindergartens
Wins for Kids on School Breakfast
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