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August/September 2011 E-news

Learn how to use Kids Count to help children in your county.

The first Central Jersey Regional Kids Count Forum is set for September 12 at the Middlesex County Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Road, Sayerville. This free event will help county leaders and service providers use Kids Count data to improve their response to emerging child-related issues in specific counties.

This event will focus on Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Register today. Space is limited!

What About The Kids?

In November, all 120 seats in the state Legislature are up for grabs. This is a critical election. The outcome will have a huge impact on how the state sets policy and funds programs for children and families for years to come.

Advocates for Children of New Jersey wants to make sure the candidates make children a focus of their campaigns. So please join us in making a difference for kids in this important election by asking one critical question:  What About the Kids? This campaign builds on our 2009 initiative that succeeded in raising the visibility of children’s issues in the gubernatorial election.

Join Today!

New ACNJ report shows how schools can give breakfast to hungry kids

A new ACNJ report on school breakfast is slated for release on September 28. The report documents New Jersey’s low rate of participation in this critical nutritional program and details easy ways that districts with large populations of low-income students can expand participation – often without any extra cost.

We will be asking state leaders and advocates around the state to step up and help more kids get this healthy nutritional start to their school day, which research shows can improve academic success. Stay tuned!

To attend ACNJ's Food for Thought School Breakfast Campaign Kick-off, RSVP today.

Want to know five big ideas for public education?

Education reform is a hot topic in New Jersey. As it should be. The education of our children should be a top priority. To help inform this debate, Advocates for Children of New Jersey is hosting a conversation with nationally-recognized education policy expert David Kirp on October 26 in Kennilworth, NJ.

All attendees will receive a free copy of Kirp’s latest book, Kids First: Five Big Ideas For Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future. This free event kicks off with a book signing at 8:30 a.m., with Kirk’s presentation beginning promptly at 9 a.m.

Register online.

Looking Back and Looking Ahead: Developing Strong Kindergartens within the PreK-3rd Continuum 

This conference will focus on building quality kindergarten classrooms that build on a child’s preschool experience and link learning to the early elementary grades. National experts will present their work on kindergarten and other early learning issues.  The event is schedule for
October 28 at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, Monmouth County.

Get more information and register.

NJ Moves up National Kids Count rankings; but more NJ children in poverty

New Jersey ranked 5th nationwide in key indicators of child health and well-being, up from 7th last year, in the recently-released national 2011 Kids Count Data Book. The report shows, however, that many more NJ children are growing up in poverty and 136,000 have been affected by foreclosures.

Learn more.

Forum on health insurance exchanges

State health insurance exchanges are a cornerstone of health reform, providing a way to promote competition, transparency and accountability in the insurance market and bring down the cost of insurance premiums for consumers.

NJ for Healthcare is sponsoring a conference on September 14 to help healthcare consumers, healthcare system stakeholders and policymakers across the state — to learn about the new opportunity to establish a New Jersey Health Insurance Exchange.

Register Today.

In This Issue

Kids Count Forum Set
Election Campaign Info
School Breakfast Report Coming Soon
Exciting Forum on Education Reform
Kindergarten Conference Scheduled
National Kids Count Rankings Released
Forum on Health Insurance Exchange


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