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Annual Appeal

As we look back on the past year, COVID-19 has magnified the inequities that families have faced for far too long. But change happens when we raise our voices together.

This year marks a historic time, with significant investments made for children and those that care for them. It was the advocacy efforts of partners like you that helped to make this happen.

But we know that our work is far from over.

As we reflect on this year’s achievements, and look to opportunities ahead, join with us in emphasizing the importance of putting children’s needs at the forefront of policy decisions.

2021 Wins for Kids

Though the past two years placed extraordinary challenges in our way, we were able to educate our policymakers and continue to advocate for the wellbeing of New Jersey’s children.

Nurture NJ, the First Lady's statewide maternal health awareness campaign, releases its strategic plan to combat the state’s Black maternal mortality crisis, in alignment with ACNJ’s Unlocking Potential prenatal-to-three roadmap.
Statewide universal home visiting program becomes law, guaranteeing new parents at least one free home visit from a nurse within two weeks of their child’s birth. Creating an infrastructure for a universal home visiting system was one of the key goals in ACNJ’s 2020 Unlocking Potential prenatal-to-three plan.
Governor Murphy signs three landmark bills to combat lead poisoning, including an effort to replace all lead service lines within the next decade.
Governor Murphy announces 10-year vision to bring universal preschool to New Jersey.
ACNJ president/CEO Cecilia Zalkind put New Jersey kids and their families at the center of a roundtable discussion with Vice President Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill and Governor Phil Murphy on the critical importance of child care to parents and to the economy.
The state announces a plan on how it will release critical American Rescue Plan dollars for child care — over $700 million in federal funds. For months, child care advocates, including ACNJ, rallied for the state to release these vital dollars to save our struggling child care infrastructure.
New Jersey took a giant step in supporting working families by expanding the state child and dependent care tax credit, significantly increasing access to the state tax credit for approximately 80,000 additional families.

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