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October 2013

School Breakfast on the Rise

New Jersey schools are feeding breakfast to about 48,000 more low-income children each school day, giving students the morning meal they need to concentrate and learn, according to a new report released today by Advocates for Children of New Jersey
in Edison, which is a leader on the school breakfast front.

Despite this great progress, an alarming 320,000 children are still missing out on this morning meal every school day. The NJ Food for Thought School Breakfast Campaign is working to change that by convincing school officials to serve “breakfast after the bell,” which significantly increases participation in the federal School Breakfast Program.

Read the report and find data for schools in your area.

Watch this cute, touching video of an Edison student talking about school breakfast!

Tweet, Facebook for Preschool!

On Oct. 15, the two candidates for NJ governor – Chris Christie and Barbara Buono – will face off for their second debate. That day, ACNJ is organizing a social media blitz from noon to 3 p.m. to send a clear message to candidates that New Jersey voters support investments in preschool.

It will be so easy to raise your voice for New Jersey’s youngest learners. We will circulate Tweets and Facebook posts that require just a click or two to send a message directly to the candidates and to the debate moderator. So please mark your calendars! You don’t even have to leave your desktop to tell the gubernatorial candidates that early education matters.

Federal Proposal Would Give NJ $50 million for Preschool

A federal early learning proposal would give NJ $50 million more in federal funding to provide preschool to 6,200 additional children. Unfortunately, it is far from certain that the plan will be adopted. We need to join together to let our Congressional representatives know that they should support this investment in critical early education.

The Ridgewood Unitarian Group is trying to make a difference by circulating a petition urging our representatives to support this investment.

Sign the petition today!

It only takes a minute to make a difference for kids.

Safety declines for NJ Foster Children

New Jersey foster children are more likely to be abused after returning home, according to a new report from the court-appointed monitor overseeing New Jersey’s child welfare reforms. Efforts to engage families and solve the problems that led to abuse/neglect still fall short, while caseloads for child abuse investigators rose. The monitor said the quality of those critical investigations remains uneven, possibly leading to poor decisions for kids. There was some good news – children in foster care are increasingly being placed in family-like settings and in-state.
Read the report.

In This Issue

New School Breakfast report
Let's get talking about preschool
NJ could get $50 million in preschool funds
Safety of kids in foster care declined

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