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September 2015
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Making sure NJ kids get to ‪#‎SchoolEveryday
Did you know that September is Attendance Awareness Month?  That is why on September 10, 2015, ACNJ will be releasing a  policy brief, Showing Up Matters: The State of Chronic Absenteeism in New Jersey, highlighting the significant problem in the number of New Jersey’s K-12 students that are missing too much school. The report provides state data on chronic absenteeism, identifies causes that lead to student absences, provides recommendations for schools and families and identifies districts, by county, that are struggling with high student absences.

Check back with us at www.acnj.org  to learn more about what schools and families can do to make sure all NJ kids get to #SchoolEveryDay.

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Advocates demand Pre-K funding for all NJ school districts
Check out ACNJ Executive Director, Ceil Zalkind, with Brian Maher and Sam Crane, talking about the need to expand state-funded preschool on NJTV. ACNJ is a partner in the Pre-K Our Way Campaign and serves on the leadership team with Mr. Maher and former governors Kean and Florio. Residents across the state are joining the fight to make high-quality preschool available to more children. They know that preschool can make a lifelong difference in children’s lives and is the best way to start school ready for success. To hear what people are saying about preschool and for news from across the state, check out the Pre-K Our Way Facebook page and ACNJ’s website.

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Check out ACNJ's efforts on pre-K expansion.

Child care should be everybody’s business
A new study, recently released by the Committee for Economic Development, Child Care in State Economies, shows us why child care should be everybody’s business.   In 2012, more than 768,500 child care facilities produced revenue totaling $41.5 billion and employed 1.57 million wage and salary and self-employed workers in the U.S.  In New Jersey, 16,856 child care establishments produced a revenue of $1.8 billion and employed 36,365 individuals.  The study provides a national and state by state  look at the impact of the child care industry on parents’ participation in the labor force, and provides extensive details regarding the industry’s economic impact, including: usage rates, the role of public funding, revenues, and business structure.  

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Download NJ fact sheet.

See ACNJ's efforts in improving child care in NJ.

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