“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
Margaret Mead’s quote aptly describes our achievements over this past year. ACNJ’s campaign to develop stronger policies and programs for children from birth to age 3 has grown exponentially. Our collective voices helped bring in millions in state and federal funding to improve New Jersey’s child care system and expand high-quality preschool. In addition, parents will now have more time to bond with their newborns, thanks to New Jersey’s strengthened paid family leave program.
Our work would not be possible without your support, your voice or your advocacy. More people joined with ACNJ than ever before, lending their name and sharing their stories to create a powerful narrative.
As a result of our reputation for independence and a steadfast commitment to children and families, ACNJ was also chosen to lead the statewide non-profit Census 2020 outreach effort this year. Effective advocacy requires accurate data. We have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to ensure that all of New Jersey’s residents, especially our youngest children, will count in the 2020 Census.
Please join me in celebrating this year’s achievements, as we look forward to the work ahead in creating brighter futures for New Jersey’s children.