#NJVotes4Kids Gets Candidates Talking About Children

New Jersey’s 2021 election races for governor and legislature represent a critical opportunity to engage with candidates and put kids’ issues at the forefront of their agenda. Children can't vote. They have no political influence. That’s why we need caring people like you to speak up for kids and make their needs heard.

Building a Better Future for New Jersey Begins with Babies

The first three years of life represent a time of unlimited potential, when a baby’s brain grows most rapidly and a child’s earliest experiences set the foundation for future success. Elected officials have the opportunity to make real and meaningful investments in supporting the healthy growth and development of our children.

We have the momentum -- and the funding.

Now we need our elected officials to act! New Jersey has received unprecedented funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and additional federal aid to support transformative investments in our early childhood system.

It’s time to raise our voices for our youngest learners!

Join the #NJVotes4Kids Campaign to raise awareness of children’s issues and help shape the focus and priorities of the next governor and legislature.

What Voters Can Do

Email your candidates and share the election guide. Use the election guide to become better informed on the state of children in New Jersey and share with candidates the key issues affecting infants and toddlers. 

Challenge the 2021 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

Make babies a priority!

Create and support legislation that focuses on infants and toddlers.

Ensure funding from the American Rescue Plan is allocated towards young children and families. Support the early childhood workforce. They are the key to our economic recovery.

Be a true champion for children. Use this short, easy election guide to bring candidates' attention to children's issues during the 2021 election.


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.