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May 2015
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Ceil Receives Roots and Wings Award
Last month, ACNJ’s Executive Director Cecilia Zalkind received the “Roots and Wings Award” from the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State University, recognizing her years of effective advocacy on behalf of New Jersey’s children.

“For more than three decades, you have been a passionate voice and advocate for children in New Jersey. Through your tireless efforts, extraordinary intellect and deep sense of fairness and social justice, you have secured key advances in child welfare, early care and education and health care in New Jersey. You have opened our eyes and we can never close them again,” said the award, presented by Gerard Costa, the center’s director.

We here at ACNJ certainly agree. Congrats Ceil and thanks for all you do for NJ kids!

Kids Count Forums Scheduled
ACNJ will hold two regional Kids Count forums in June. Come enjoy a full breakfast, learn more about child trends in your county and delve a little deeper into our special section on race and kids. The New Jersey Kids Count 2015 reports were released on April 20 and include a statewide report, county profiles and rankings and a county pocket guide. The special section on race focuses attention on stubborn inequities that persist among children of different races.

Register to attend a free Kids Count forum.

Go to NJ Kids Count 2015.

Brief Details Priorities for Building an Effective Infant/Toddler System
In 2013, ACNJ convened an Infant-Toddler Policy Action Team, composed of influential state and private sector leaders in the field, to create and advance a shared, strategic policy agenda with a specific focus on infants and toddlers.

With training and guidance from the Zero To Three National Center for Infants and Toddlers, the team met regularly over the last two years to explore what was currently in place in New Jersey, identify gaps and determine what changes in policies and practices were needed to strengthen services for our youngest children. To engage additional infant-toddler stakeholders from around the state, two statewide surveys were also conducted.

ACNJ just released a summary of the team’s conclusions. Read the report.

Buying a Gift for Mom?
AmazonSmile is a great way to find just the right gift for mom, while also helping children across New Jersey. For every dollar you spend through AmazonSmile, ACNJ will receive a portion of the proceeds that will help support our work on behalf of New Jersey’s children.

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