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Advocates for Children of New Jersey July 2, 2018     

Good News for NJ Kids and Families in this Year's State Budget!

Budget negotiations between Governor Murphy and state legislative leaders went down to the wire this weekend, but there was always plenty of agreement on issues affecting kids and families.

In brief, the FY2019 budget includes more aid for public schools, expansion of preschool, an increase in the state Earned Income Tax Credit, a new child care and dependent tax credit, funding for child nutrition programs and more. Read details.

Even though the new budget includes plenty of good news, for the tenth year, funding to increase access to quality child care for low-income families is absent from the budget. A state budget that truly reflects the needs of working families must address access to quality child care, so that parents can go to work knowing their children are safe and in nurturing environments. This budget continues to leave a critical need for low-income working families unaddressed.

ACNJ will continue to monitor budget updates and will keep you apprised as information becomes available.

Read budget highlights.

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