What’s New?

ACNJ testifies on substance abuse bills.

Download ACNJ’s position on substance abuse.

A package of bills to address New Jersey’s growing opiate epidemic aims to address the issue on several levels.

ACNJ supports this overall effort and is working with sponsors to ensure that certain provisions being adopted  for adults are also extended to juveniles who suffer from substance abuse disorder.

Read a brief summary of the measures that ACNJ supports extension to juveniles.

Medical – Dental Collaborations: Working to Improve Oral Health Outcomes for Young Children

OralHealthPic2 (640x565)Tooth decay is the leading chronic childhood disease in the United States, much more common than asthma or hay fever. And it is mostly preventable. Pain and related complications result in children missing school and falling behind in school and long term poor health outcomes.

New Jersey dental and medical providers and community organizations are making headway in improving the oral health for children, especially young children. ACNJ is part of this coalition that is focused on fostering collaboration among medical and dental providers, increasing oral health awareness among parents and financing preventive pediatric oral health.

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Give Kids a Smile Friday Feb. 6

OralHealthPic2 (640x565)The New Jersey Dental Association will sponsor its annual Give Kids a Smile NJ day Friday, Feb. 6. Each February, New Jersey’s dental community comes together to ensure the delivery of care to thousands children under age 13 who otherwise may not be able to afford or access oral healthcare. Give Kids a Smile NJ has grown to be the largest, single-day program of its kind in the state.

For more information, visit the New Jersey Dental Association’s website at www.njda.org.

To sign up your child for GKAS, you must make an appointment at one of the participating GKAS locations in order for your child to be seen. View list of participating locations.

Big Wins for Little Kids!

NJ Wins Prek Expansion Funds
New Jersey is one of 13 states to receive federal funds to expand preschool to children living in low- and moderate-income families, federal officials announced today. Read news release.

Momentum is building across the country to ensure our youngest children get off to the right start. Read our two latest early learning enews issues to learn about other big win for little kids.


New training on important infant/toddler issues

Slider_ChildCareACNJ recently released a series of videos that cover topics critical to improving the well-being of New Jersey’s infants and toddlers, including fetal alcohol syndrome, reducing trauma for young children and key development milestones. Learn at your leisure! This “On Demand” Training Video Project was funded by a federal Court Improvement Grant. Questions? Need more info? Contact Mary Coogan at mcoogan@acnj.org.

View videos.