It’s Time to Make Babies a Priority

The science is clear: our brains grow faster between the ages of 0 and 3 than at any other point in life. Those first few years lay the foundation for the rest of a child’s life, affecting everything from classroom performance, to earning potential, to life expectancy.

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) is leading a statewide effort to ensure our state’s leaders Think Babies™ – our future depends on it! We’re putting “birth-to-3” on the public agenda and bringing attention to what infants and toddlers need to thrive:

  • Strong Families
  • Healthy Starts
  • Positive Early Learning Environments

It's Time to Make Babies a Priority!

When babies have nurturing relationships, early learning experiences, and good nutrition, their neural connections are stimulated and strengthened, laying a strong foundation.

When babies don’t get what their growing brains need to thrive, they don’t develop as they should. This leads to life-long developmental, educational, social, and health challenges.

Issues Affecting NJ's Babies

What are people saying about the issues?

Strolling Thunder NJ 2018 was a success! Watch video of the rally with babies at the Statehouse.

Sen. Cory Booker with Steve Adubato Discusses How Children Must be made a Higher Priority.

ACNJ is a lead partner in New Jersey’s Right from the Start campaign and a proud partner of the national ZERO TO THREE Think Babies campaign, working to promote enriching early experiences and a strong foundation for development from the start. Read about our partners

Learn more about the critical importance of the early years of child development, from birth to three.

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Learn more about the national issues affecting children.