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Advocates for Children of New Jersey

ACNJ Enews
October 2014

School breakfast participation rises 55 percent

New Jersey schools are feeding breakfast to about 75,000 more low-income children each school day, giving students the morning meal they need to concentrate and learn, according to a new report by Advocates for Children of New Jersey.

The number of New Jersey students eligible for free- or reduced-price school meals who ate a healthy breakfast at school rose from about 136,000 children in October 2010 to nearly 211,000 in May 2014, the report found. The percent of eligible children participating in this federally-funded program increased from 30 percent in 2010 to 41 percent in 2014. As a result of this success, districts are expected to collect $21 million more in federal reimbursements this year alone to feed hungry students, according to the state FY 2015 budget.

ACNJ publishes participation data for every district with at least 20 percent of students eligible for free and reduced-price breakfast.

Find out how districts in your area are doing.
View the latest NJ school breakfast video.

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New training on important infant/toddler issues

ACNJ recently released a series of videos that cover topics critical to improving the well-being of New Jersey’s infants and toddlers, including fetal alcohol syndrome, reducing trauma for young children and key development milestones. Learn at your leisure! This “On Demand” Training Video Project was funded by a federal Court Improvement Grant. Questions? Need more info? Contact Mary Coogan at mcoogan@acnj.org.

View the videos.

A big thank you to our 2013 donors!!

Our 2013 Annual Report will be arriving in your mailbox soon. If you are included in this report as a 2013 supporter, thank you! If not and you’d like to support ACNJ this year, please click here to make your 2014 donation today. We rely 100 percent on gifts from donors like you to make our work possible. Your generosity helps us achieve real results for kids across the state.

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Voter registration deadline Oct. 14

The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 4 election is Oct. 14, 2014.  This Election Day, millions of voters will head to the polls to choose the people who will represent them in Congress. These elections are about our jobs, our health, our communities, our security and our future. They are about us. We all need to weigh in.   

If you are not registered or need to change your address or name, visit NJ’s election website.

Please share with your networks. We all need to exercise our right to vote!

NJ’s Judge Grant speaks at Casey event

Judge Glenn Grant, acting administrative director of the New Jersey courts, joined a panel discussion at the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count conference to discuss how race affects children’s chances for success in school and in life. Grant told the audience of hundreds of child advocates from across the nation: “You are a reformer and a change agent. Embrace it.” ACNJ staff attended the annual conference, which focuses on ways we can use data and strategic communication to improve child well-being.

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