Parent Policy Discussion Resources

Twice a month, ACNJ hosts virtual policy discussions open to any parent, caregiver or family in New Jersey.

Parent Policy Discussion Resources

Engage with other parents by attending monthly meetings highlighting different policy topics that impact children and families.

Check out recordings of our past meetings below.

Parent Policy Discussions Coming Up

Lunch and Learn: ConnectingNJ Programs

September 13th @ 12PM via Zoom

Click here to register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Diaper Need in New Jersey

Advocates learned about and discussed the diaper need in New Jersey, with a presentation from the Central Jersey Diaper Bank.

Preschool Expansion

This discussion centers around the role parents play to make sure eligible districts apply for funds to bring public preschool to their communities.

Early Intervention

Early intervention is a statewide system of supports and services for families and their children birth to age three with developmental delays or disabilities. It is individualized to the family’s concerns, priorities and resources related to their child’s development.

NJ FamilyCare

NJ FamilyCare is a federal and state-funded health insurance program created to help qualified New Jersey residents of any age access to affordable health insurance. Governor Murphy passed the Cover All Kids bill in March 2021 in order to ensure all children have access to healthcare.

NJ Child Tax Credit

The child tax credit has contributed to the decline in child poverty, yet many families are still not claiming it. New Jersey Policy Perspective senior policy analyst Peter Chen explains how the tax credit works, offers resources for federal and state 2022 filings, and provides feedback on tax credits and outreach to families.

Child Care

Child care is still in crisis. The pandemic has only worsened the obstacles that already existed, as costs continue to rise and centers shut down due to operating on razor-thin margins.

Maternal Health

Navigating the maternal experience can feel isolating. Melinated Moms founding president and CEO Jaye Wilson explores how maternal health awareness begins with each of us, and how it links to advocacy.

Home Visiting

Decades of research have demonstrated that evidence-based, voluntary home visiting services, provided by well-trained professionals during pregnancy and throughout a child’s first few years, can help mitigate the effects of poverty and adverse early childhood experiences that can negatively impact lifelong health.


Sharing your story with decision-makers

Parents have testified before state legislators about parental leave, finding child care and the challenges of raising a baby in New Jersey.

View parent testimonies

Raise your voices for babies at Strolling Thunder NJ

At this annual event parents have an opportunity to tell decision makers to make babies a high priority.

Learn what Strolling Thunder New Jersey is all about.

Parent Leaders "In the News"Talking about their issues

With some support you can also amplify the issues that concern parents most. 

Read articles in which parent leaders have been featured.