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October 2011 E-news

Hurry! Sign up for an Intriguing Conversation on Education Reform

As debate over education reform heats up, there is still time to register for our FREE forum on Oct. 26 in Kenilworth. Nationally-recognized education policy expert David Kirp will present his five big ideas for transforming education.

A panel discussion will follow Kirp’s engaging presentation where you’ll hear from top NJ experts on prevention, preschool, children’s savings accounts and other topics that can have a surprising impact on a child’s education. You’ll have a chance to voice your opinions about needed education reform steps.

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.

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

There is still time to register for this popular annual conference that will focus on building quality kindergarten classrooms that link a child’s preschool experience 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.

Help Feed Hungry Children with a Quick Click!

Hungry children can’t concentrate on a reading assignment or solve a math problem. Despite the proven benefits of giving kids breakfast in school, New Jersey ranks nearly last in the nation, serving just 28 percent of eligible children.

This is a problem with a do-able solution. And it won’t cost the state or local districts more money. But we need state leadership to make it happen.

Send a message today to Education Commissioner Chris Cerf, urging him to step up as a statewide leader on this issue.

Some New Jersey schools and others around the country are serving breakfast in the classroom or using other innovative approaches to ensure that all children have a nutritious start to their school day. More New Jersey districts can and should do this. Lacking, however, has been strong public support from the NJ Department of Education.

So please ask Commissioner Cerf to step up and lead us on this issue.

Send your message today! It only takes a minute to make a difference that will feed thousands of New Jersey children and help them succeed in school.

Help Make a Difference for Kids in Upcoming Elections

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 the campaign.

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In This Issue

Join the Conversation on Education Reform
Still Time to Register for Training on Developing Strong Kindergartens
Help Feed Hungry Kids with a Quick Click.
Make a difference for kids in upcoming Election


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