NJ Babies Count

What happens during the first few years of life is critically important to a child's healthy growth and development, but data on very young children are often lost among figures describing general child statistics. For the first time ever, the 2018 New Jersey Kids Count report--Babies Count, breaks down the data on child well-being to focus on children under age 3, tracking how well infants and toddlers are doing, who they are and the challenges they face.

According to the report, released today, far too many of the state’s youngest children face daunting odds that threaten their potential to succeed and thrive. Certain racial groups are especially vulnerable, with significant disparities in child protection and health outcomes.

One Million Neural Connections...

ZERO TO THREE published an article on baby brain development and the crucial role that parents and caregivers play in building a baby’s brain. A child’s brain undergoes an amazing period of development from birth to three, producing more than a million neural connections each second.

To learn more about brain science and how to support a child’s healthy brain development, you can read the full article here.

Out of Reach

Despite New Jersey’s implementation of a child care rating system that helps working parents find the best care for their young children, a new study by Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) shows that many child care centers in low-income communities would face enormous challenges meeting and sustaining these higher state standards that define quality, unless the state is able to provide the necessary resources.

“This report provides crucial recommendations for changing how New Jersey pays child care providers in order to support high-quality care for our youngest children – particularly those from low income families,” said Arturo Brito, Executive Director of The Nicholson Foundation, which funded this study.

Click here for a full copy of the report.

No Room for Babies

While finding child care is a challenge for many working parents, a new study conducted by Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) reveals a deep shortage of options for New Jersey’s very young children.

The study, which was funded by The Nicholson Foundation, found that less than a third of children under age 3 have access to child care to help them grow and develop.

Click here for a full copy of the report.

Strolling Thunder - 2018

On May 21st, over 100 babies with their families along with many advocates joined ACNJ in Trenton for a stroll in front of the State House Annex to tell Governor Murphy and the Legislature that we want them to make babies a higher state priority! Parents, clergy, advocates and lawmakers spoke about what babies need to grow and thrive such as affordable quality child care, more generous paid family leave and healthcare services.

This is just the beginning of more to come. The rally is part of a campaign that will continue to remind our lawmakers to #ThinkBabies when making decisions.

Read the news release.

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