ACNJ’s Work

Over the years, ACNJ’s advocacy efforts have resulted in:

  • More children receiving health coverage, improving their chances of growing into healthy adults
  • More children enrolled in quality preschool programs, helping to ensure school success
  • More children receiving a healthy breakfast at school, removing a major barrier to learning
  • More children safe from abuse and neglect
  • More families receiving the supports they need to feed, clothe and house their children
  • More youth diverted from the juvenile justice system and put on the path to productive adulthood
  • More parents, caregivers and others understanding children’s legal rights, empowering them to advocate effectively for the children in their lives

How ACNJ Gives Every Child a Chance

We Inform. ACNJ researches issues and produces nationally-acclaimed reports to inform policymakers and the public and to advance solutions. Our educational forums bring experts from New Jersey and around the country to share strategies that work.

Our NJ KIDS COUNT project provides critical data on child well-being to state leaders, advocates and the public. Using data to drive decisions leads to smarter choices that help more children.

We Advocate. ACNJ works closely with state and federal lawmakers and policymakers to bolster their understanding and response to the needs of children and families.

We Build Coalitions. ACNJ’s e-advocacy network includes more than 8,000 people who speak up for children at the local, state and federal levels. We equip local advocates with the skills to fight for children in their own backyards. We bring together groups of professionals to develop better practices and quality programs. And we build coalitions of concerned citizens who share a commitment to improving the lives of children and families.

We Equip Caregivers. Through ACNJ’s KidLaw Centerthousands of parents, caregivers and professionals gain the information they need to be their child’s strongest ally and advocate.

We Elevate Children’s Voices. With the help of ACNJ, thousands of children have had their concerns, thoughts and visions shared with lawmakers, governors and other state leaders, giving them a say in the decisions that drive their future.

Join Us

We can’t do this important work alone. We need caring, dedicated people to join us in speaking up for New Jersey’s children, sending the message that people throughout the state believe children should be a top priority for all of us – our schools, our communities and our elected officials.

As a non-profit, ACNJ counts on support from individual donors, our foundation partners and corporations to succeed in our efforts.

We invite you to join our work.