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Advocates for Children of New Jersey

ACNJ Enews
May 2014

Using data to improve child well-being in your county

ACNJ is again taking Kids Count on the road! At the Kids Count Regional Forums, you will work with other leaders, service providers and county officials to use Kids Count data to identify issues and formulate responses to the needs of children. This is a great opportunity to delve deeper into the data on a county level, while working with others in your county to produce action plans that can help improve the well-being of children in your county.

Register today for a forum near you.

View Kids Count data online.

Kids Count event draws state and county leaders

We had a great event releasing this year’s reports – the county profiles and rankings, the pocket guide, which provides 5-year trend data on the county level and the state report. The event, held April 24 in Trenton, featured a special performance by children from the Millhill Child and Family Development Center.

Robert Prunetti, director of the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce, was the keynote speaker, discussing the importance of business leaders becoming involved in issues that affect children and families. ACNJ Executive Director Cecilia Zalkind called on attendees to use the data to make a difference for children throughout the state. About 100 people attended. For complimentary copies of the New Jersey Kids Count Pocket Guide, email balcaraz@acnj.org.

Kids Count data can be viewed online here.

View power point presentation.

View pictures of the event.

View the video.

ACNJ launches new user-friendly website

ACNJ recently launched a new, user-friendly website where you can easily find a wide range of information on children’s issues, ACNJ’s activities and events and ways you can get involved to help New Jersey’s children.

Check it out at www.acnj.org.

Zalkind, ACNJ staff honored for efforts to help children

At a luncheon honoring women leaders, ACNJ Executive Director Cecilia Zalkind was recently recognized for her 30 years of advocacy to improve the well-being of children across New Jersey. Ceil was among five honorees at the event sponsored by Family Intervention Services’ Family Success Institute. Congrats, Ceil!

Ceil and the ACNJ staff will also be recognized at the 6th Annual Extra Miles Awards event, sponsored by the Paterson Alliance. About two years ago, ACNJ worked with the Paterson Alliance to produce the first Paterson Kids Count, which has resulted in efforts to expand school breakfast participation, improve literacy skills and address other critical issues in Paterson. The event is scheduled for May 28.

Learn more.