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January 2016
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Dear Supporter,

We hope your holidays were happy and healthy and that your new year is off to a good start. 2015 was a great year for child advocacy in New Jersey and we expect to build on our many successes in 2016. We look forward to working with all of our partners this year to ensure that every child has the chance to grow up safe, healthy and educated. 

Our first event is slated for Jan. 21 in Newark...

Examining School Attendance in Newark
Please join us for the release of Showing Up Matters: Newark Chronic Absenteeism in the Early Years on Jan. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Rutgers-Newark. This report examines the issues that contribute to a high rate of chronic absenteeism among Newark’s youngest students. Regular school attendance is a critical factor in determining a student’s school success.

The presentation of the report’s findings and recommendations will be followed by a panel discussion aimed at identifying effective strategies to improve school attendance for Newark students.

Get event details and register today. Space is limited for this free event.

Free Dental Care for Kids On Feb. 5
Give Kids a Smile Day (GKAS) New Jersey is set for Feb. 5. This is the largest, single-day program in the state providing free dental care to children ages 12 and younger. GKAS is meant to provide services to children who could not otherwise afford dental treatment and do not have a “dental home.” 
Please share this information with the children and families in your network.

Learn more and find participating dentists.

Welcome to our new Kids Count Coordinator!
ACNJ welcomes Alana Vega as our new Kids Count Coordinator. As Kids Count Coordinator, she is responsible for collecting, analyzing and organizing state, county, and city level data relating to the well-being of New Jersey children. Alana is responsible for the production and presentation of ACNJ’s various Kids Count publications.  
Prior to joining ACNJ, Alana interned for the Sandy Homeowner/Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP) where she assisted Superstorm Sandy victims obtain financial resources to aid in the repair or rebuilding of their homes.  Alana holds a Bachelor's Degree from Bryn Mawr College and a Master's of Public Policy from Rutgers University.

We are happy to have Alana as part of the ACNJ team!

ACNJ is Hiring!
ACNJ is seeking a development director to bring increased resources to the organization to
advance its mission of advocating on behalf of New Jersey’s children and families. The position
offers collaboration with an expert, dynamic and experienced staff and board of trustees, as well
as the opportunity to represent one of the most respected non-profits in New Jersey.

The director of development is a critical leadership role at ACNJ and works closely with the Board of Trustees and the entire ACNJ staff.

Learn more and apply.

Child Care Is Everyone’s Business
Help us spread the word for the need for high-quality, affordable child care for working parents across New Jersey. Our 3-minute video makes the case that child care affects children, families and businesses, making child care critically important for the development of our children --- and the state as a whole.

View and share the video.

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