Urging policymakers to Think Babies!

There are no do-overs in early childhood. From birth to age 3, the brain grows faster than any other point in time, laying the foundation for the rest of a child’s life. Strolling Thunder New Jersey aims to bring attention to what our youngest children need to thrive: quality child care, healthy starts for babies and support for their new parents.

On May 21st, over 100 babies with their families along with many advocates joined ACNJ in Trenton for a stroll in front of the State House Annex to tell Governor Murphy and the Legislature that we want them to make babies a higher state priority! Parents, clergy, advocates and lawmakers spoke about the needs of babies to grow and thrive such as affordable quality child care, more generous paid family leave and healthcare services. Read news release.

This is just the beginning of more to come. The rally is part of a campaign that will continue to remind our lawmakers to #ThinkBabies when making decisions.

View photos of the rally for babies at the State House.

Check out the great video coverage:

NJTV featured great sound bites from Children’s Futures, CITE (Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators), Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez and of course ACNJ’s Cecilia Zalkind! View video.

NJ.com captured the stroll of babies and families to the governor’s office with ACNJ’s Peter Chen and Cynthia Rice leading the chants.  View video.

Stay tuned for more.



Want to know what Strolling Thunder is all about?

Check out the video below for last year’s national Strolling Thunder event in Washington D.C

In early 2018, New Jersey was selected as one of six states for the national “Think Babies” campaign, bringing attention to what babies and families need to thrive.
ACNJ was chosen to lead the statewide effort and will spearhead its first event, Strolling Thunder New Jersey in Trenton on May 21st.

Click here if you would like to partner with ACNJ to make this event a success.

ACNJ is a proud partner of the national ZERO TO THREE Think Babies campaign and The Right From the Start NJ campaign, in collaboration with the Turrell Fund, The Nicholson Foundation and the Caucus Educational Corporation. Learn more and sign up to join ACNJ’s Think Babies NJ campaign.