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April 2015
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NJ Kids Count 2015 Features Special Section on Race

Join us on April 20 for the release of New Jersey Kids Count 2015, which will feature a special section on racial inequities and a panel presentation to delve deeper into the racial data featured in the report. ACNJ will also release the latest stats on child well-being for children at the state and county levels. The event is being held at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton.

An interactive panel of state and local leaders will discuss how race affects child well-being and how we can work together to address severe and persistent racial inequities among New Jersey children. Barbara George Johnson, MPH, JD, executive director of The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy at Thomas Edison State College, will moderate the panel.

Space is limited. Register online today.

Don’t Put Kids on the Budgetary Back Burner

Once again, our state budget is in crisis and the needs of thousands of children are being placed on the budgetary back burner.

While roads and bridges are important to the state, so is the health and development of our children – a critical infrastructure that is also in disrepair. As more New Jersey families struggle to make ends meet, we continue to erode supports for parents and their children. 

Read ACNJ’s  budget testimony.

Follow budget highlights for children and families.

House Advances Health Insurance for Kids

We’re halfway there! Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to continue funding health coverage for kids, as well as providing dollars for community health centers and home visiting programs.

Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is set to expire in the fall if Congress fails to allocate additional dollars. That could mean the loss of health coverage for thousands of New Jersey children. State and federal advocates are working together now to urge the Senate to act in the best interest of children.

Learn more.

Get Involved in Pre-K Our Way

The Pre-K Our Way Forums are just a few weeks away.  If you haven't already registered for one of the forums, please click here to secure your spot.  Join with neighbors, colleagues, parents, grandparents, teachers, principals, superintendents, board of education members and others, as we move towards making quality preschool available to all children in our communities.

You can also like the campaign on Facebook, follow the campaign on Twitter@prekourway  and visit the www.prekourway.org for videos featuring former Governors Kean and Florio. For more information or to be listed as an ambassador, contact info@prekourway.org.

ACNJ Testifies on Juvenile Justice Reforms

New Jersey needs to continue to implement reforms that are making the state’s juvenile justice system smarter and safer, while saving taxpayer dollars. Senate Bill 2003 proposes reforms to New Jersey’s juvenile justice system that take into account the most current scientific research on brain development.

Read ACNJ’s testimony.

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