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December 2011 E-news
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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