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NJ shows mixed result on child protection reforms
While New Jersey has made progress in improving its child protection system, it would be ill‐advised to relax court‐ordered standards aimed at safeguarding children from abuse and neglect, according to a new report from Advocates for Children of New Jersey.
Two decades of progress for NJ Kids
Over two decades, the health and well-being of New Jersey children has improved in many key areas, from more children attending preschool, fewer 4th graders failing reading tests and more teens graduating on time from high school, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 25th edition of its annual KIDS COUNT Data Book.
An action plan for early literacyIn early 2014, ACNJ convened a diverse group of more than 50 early childhood stakeholders to create a plan for creating an effective early learning system so that all children read on target by 3rd grade.
This group identified major barriers to effective early education from preschool through 3rd grade (known as PreK-3rd) and developed concrete recommendations to address those issues.
Key recommendations included mandating full-day kindergarten, ensuring effective transitions from preschool to kindergarten and during the early elementary years, strengthening academic and professional development for teachers and school administrators, using assessment data to drive instructional changes and establishing a commission to study the costs of expanding preschool and mandating full-day kindergarten.
ACNJ continues to work with these stakeholders to advance these changes for New Jersey’s youngest learners.
Read the report.
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