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May 2016
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Join us for the release of our Annual NJ Kids Count report

ACNJ will be releasing its New Jersey Kids Count 2016:State of Our Children report on June 6.  The report provides a picture of the state of child well-being in New Jersey by providing trends in critical areas, including child poverty, health, education, child protection and juvenile justice. The information is used to better inform stakeholders, including our local, county and state leaders as important decisions are made about the state’s priorities and the needs of children and families.

Join us as we discuss issues facing our children, areas where progress is being made and areas where more attention is needed.

Register today to attend the release.

View past New Jersey Kids Count reports.

New report recommends policies to help kids with incarcerated parents

The Casey Foundation released a report last week, A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities. The report recommends policy reforms that would help millions of children who struggle with emotional and financial instability as a result of having an incarcerated parent. At least 65,000 children in New Jersey have experienced the separation of a parent due to incarceration. While New Jersey has made more progress than other states, more can be done.

Click here to read more.

Webinar on using data to drive action on chronic absence

The Office of Civil Rights will be releasing the first ever national data on chronic absence in schools.  Join the Attendance Awarencess Campaign partners, including ACNJ’s Cynthia Rice, on a webinar on how state and local innovators are already using local chronic absence data to raise awareness about the impact of absences on student achievement and how to galvanize action to address the problem.

Register for the event.

Read about ACNJ's efforts on chronic absenteeism.

New report calls for an ambitious investment in early care and education

The Economic Policy Institute released a report, It’s Time for an Ambitious National Investment in America’s Children, on the benefits of investing more resources in the care and education of children in the early years.  The report states that such an investment would lead to high returns for children, families, society, and the economy. 

To review the cost of child care in New Jersey, click here.

Read the report.

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