What About the Kids?
Campaign season is now in full swing and we need to make sure candidates are talking about kids. The first in ACNJ’s series of What About the Kids? fact sheets has just been released. Learn about important early learning issues and key questions that you can ask candidates.
Read the early learning fact sheet.
Find out how to contact your candidates.
Sign the pledge to make kids a priority.
Survery Says: Breakfast After the Bell "Do-Able"
A survey of nearly 300 New Jersey school officials found that districts with successful breakfast programs were able to easily meet the challenges of serving breakfast during the first few minutes of the school day.
Officials in these districts also said students and schools benefited when more children began their day with a healthy meal. The survey was conducted by the NJ Food for Thought School Breakfast Campaign and Advocates for Children of New Jersey.
Read the news release.
Read the report.
Child Care Waiting List Shrinks
The state is reporting that the child care waiting list has dropped by roughly 50 percent, going from about 10,000 children in March 2012 to about 5,000 in July.
Part of this reduction may be due to counties cleaning up their lists to identify parents still needing assistance. But much of this positive movement is because of our collective advocacy which resulted in increased state funding for child care vouchers, both in the last fiscal year and in the current state budget.
Thanks to all who sent messages to legislators on this important issue. We will be issuing more information and continue our advocacy until we get the list down to zero.
Meeting the School Breakfast Challenge:
Event Scheduled for Oct. 2
On Oct. 2, Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) will hold a special school breakfast event at Eastside High School in Newark, starting at 8:45 a.m. At the event, ACNJ will release its 2nd annual school breakfast report, with new statistics spotlighting districts that are meeting the school breakfast challenge, as well as new statewide and local data.
Newark has long been a leader on the school breakfast front. Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson will showcase the district’s successful school breakfast program and the important connection between nutrition and learning.
Special guests include Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf and Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher. We will also introduce the many partners of The NJ Food for Thought School Breakfast Campaign and highlight the campaign’s activities.
Register to attend this free event. Space is limited.
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