#NJVotes4Kids Gets Candidates Talking About Children

Building a Better Future for New Jersey

All seats in the New Jersey Legislature (Senate and Assembly) are being voted on in November. These elections provide an excellent opportunity to engage with candidates on issues impacting New Jersey children. With your help, we can put kids' issues at the forefront of their agendas.

Elected officials can make real and meaningful investments in supporting our children's healthy growth and development. They need to hear from you!

It’s time to elevate the voices of kids!

Join the #NJVotes4Kids Campaign to raise awareness of children's issues and help shape the focus and priorities of those elected to the legislature in November.

NJVotes4Kids video contest for kids. Win up to $250.

We are asking students throughout New Jersey to enter our 2023 #NJVOTES4KIDS Video Contest by creating a short video telling candidates about the issues that are important to them and the issues facing their communities.

Let's elevate the voices of children and youth during this election season. Get your friends to speak up too!

There are three (3) age groups in the contest (Grades 3rd to 5th, 6th to 8th, and 9th-12th), and participants must answer the following questions for their age group in their video:

  • 3rd to 5th graders: Why is voting important?
  • 6th to 12th graders: What is an issue in your school, town, or county that you want the candidates to address? Why can voting make an impact?

Videos should be at most 50 seconds and are due by the end of the day on September 25. Please note the parent/guardian of participants must sign a waiver for permission to post by ACNJ.

Judging Criteria

Deadline: September 25, 2023

Video will be judged on the following:

  • Relevancy to the importance of voting(50%)
  • Impactful Response(25%)
  • Quality and Creativity(25%)

What Voters Can Do

Email your candidate. Use Kids Count data to help them become better informed on the state of children in New Jersey and share with candidates the key issues affecting infants and toddlers. 

Challenge the 2023 political hopefuls to bring children’s issues to the forefront during forums, town halls and local events.

Use #NJVotes4Kids on social media to join the conversation on making children’s issues a priority in the state elections.

Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to join the #NJVotes4Kids Campaign.

What Candidates Can Do

Support the early childhood workforce. As federal COVID relief aid expires, child care providers across the state and nation will face a steep drop off in funding. These investments are critical to supporting our child care infrastructure.

Be a true champion for children. Speak up for kids on the campaign trail.


For over four decades, Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) has been the trusted, independent voice for children across the Garden State. ACNJ is non-partisan and accepts no state funding for advocacy, giving us the freedom to speak up for children who have no voice and no vote. Our only agenda is putting the needs of children first.