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April 2014

How are kids faring in your county?

Find out on April 24 when ACNJ releases the 2014 state and county New Jersey Kids Count reports, county profiles, rankings and pocket guide. This year’s data reveal surprising trends in child care, health insurance, health and other key areas. We will also hear from Robert Prunetti, president of the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce, who will discuss why these issues matter to the business community. Join us for the important dialogue.

Register today for this free event.

New Scorecard Shows Race Matters for Kids

New Jersey children in certain racial and ethnic groups face considerably more obstacles on the path to achieving lifelong success, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The KIDS COUNT® policy report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, found that New Jersey Asian-American children rated highest on the foundation’s new “Race for Results” index, with a score of 903 out of a possible 1,000. White children scored second highest at 827, followed by Hispanic children at 502 and black children at 455. The scale compares how children are faring on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level.

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Ceil Zalkind to be honored for leadership for kids

ACNJ Executive Director Cecilia Zalkind will be honored on April 30 by the Family Intervention Services’ Family Success Institute. Ceil will be recognized for her many years of advocating on behalf of New Jersey’s children, working tirelessly to ensure that all New Jersey children have the opportunity to grow up safe, healthy and educated.  Family Intervention Services, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization providing crisis intervention, therapeutic counseling, case management, education and support to New Jersey residents.

Please join us in celebrating Ceil’s accomplishments. Register today.

School leaders gather for breakfast summit

School leaders from across the state shared school breakfast success stories and strategies for building on the momentum of increasing school breakfast participation. The Garden State School Breakfast Summit was held March 27 in Trenton. Superintendents, principals, teachers, custodial staff and parents were joined by Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher, Assistant Health Commissioner Gloria Rodriguez and Nancy Curry, director of student services for the NJ Department of Education, at this inspiring and informative event.

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Educators from around the state attend school breakfast summit

Key local and state leaders discuss juvenile justice

More than 200 local and state leaders and professionals in the juvenile justice field attended a forum to discuss ways to build on successful juvenile justice reforms. The group brainstormed ideas, including strategies for treating more youth in their communities, as opposed to isolated institutions. ACNJ, along with many partners, convened the forum. Based on this important conversation, ACNJ is developing an advocacy agenda that will help more youth get on a productive path to adulthood. Stay tuned!

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In This Issue

Report says Race Matter for kids success
Director honored for years of work on behalf of NJ children
Breakfast Summit
Juvenile Justice

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