During Strolling Thunder, parents raised their voices for what babies and their families need to thrive by meeting with their legislative representatives and engaging in conversations about raising young children and the programs and policies they need to support their baby’s healthy development.
Meet Kenia and Delilah, New Jersey's 2023 National Strolling Thunder Family
A little rain didn't stop our babies! Thank you to Mom Kenia along with Delilah and her five siblings for strolling in D.C. to make noise for infants and toddlers. They met with the staff of Senator Cory Booker, Senator Bob Menendez, and Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, where Kenia spoke about the importance of Paid Leave. This was part of ZERO TO THREE’s Strolling Thunder event to bring national attention to what families need for infants and toddlers to thrive.
"On June 22, 2023 my family and I had the privilege of representing New Jersey at the Capital Hill where we advocated for Paid Family Leave and insurance. We spoke to the aides for Congressman Booker and Congressmen Melendez.
I want to thank Zero to Three for choosing my family. It was an amazing opportunity that we will always remember. Everyone was very helpful and attentive. Miguelina Maldonado who accompanied us from ACNJ was very knowledgeable and helpful. This made the process very smooth. I felt confident and well prepared when speaking.
I look forward to continuing advocating in my home state and hope to make a difference."
At the state level, from April to May, ACNJ connected parents with their legislators for a virtual conversation about their experiences raising a baby in New Jersey and the programs and policies they need to support their child’s healthy development.