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Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2018
Advocating for quality early care and education has been an Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) priority for many years, starting with the commitment to ensure that children in disadvantaged communities have the opportunity for state-funded, full-day preschool. ACNJ firmly believes that the path to success in school and in life starts with…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Educational Quality, Access to Education
Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2017
In 2014, New Jersey was one of the 18 states awarded a federal grant aimed to enhance state preschool programs, improve quality and serve more eligible children in high-quality settings. This "Preschool Development Grant" (PDG) promised to provide the state with $17.5 million per year for four years, beginning on January 1, 2015 through…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Grants, Educational Development, State Programs
Rice, Cynthia – Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2017
In 2014, New Jersey was one of 18 states awarded a federal grant aimed to enhance state preschool programs, improve quality and serve more eligible children in high-quality settings. This "Preschool Development Grant" (PDG) promised to provide the state with $17.5 million per year for four years, beginning on January 1, 2015 through…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Grants, Educational Development, State Programs
Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2017
For more than 25 years, Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) has produced the New Jersey KIDS COUNT Data Book, an annual statewide profile of child well-being. With KIDS COUNT represented in each state and several U.S. territories, ACNJ is part of a comprehensive effort to not only track how well kids are faring across New Jersey, but also…
Descriptors: Well Being, Children, Socioeconomic Status, Family Characteristics
Chen, Peter; Rice, Cynthia – Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2017
Newark's high schools play an essential role in building the next generation of young minds for college and career readiness. Yet, high achievement may be unattainable if students miss too much school. Reasons for student absence vary. In Newark Public Schools, 48 percent of high school students were "chronically absent" in the 2015-16…
Descriptors: High School Students, Attendance Patterns, Public Schools, At Risk Students
Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2017
Newark's high schools play an essential role in building the next generation of young minds for college and career readiness. Yet, high achievement may be unattainable if students miss too much school. "Chronic absenteeism" is generally defined as missing 10 percent or more of enrolled days for any reason. Research has shown that when…
Descriptors: High School Students, Attendance Patterns, Public Schools, At Risk Students
Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2017
The topic of special education can be confusing and frightening for parents who suspect their child has a disability or has difficulty learning. Parents in this situation want to know how to get help for their child. This guide is intended as a reference for people who have questions about special education for a child. It summarizes the basic…
Descriptors: Special Education, Disabilities, Guides, Student Rights
Chen, Peter; Rice, Cynthia – Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2017
Since the release of Advocates for Children of New Jersey's (ACNJ) first report on chronic absenteeism just two years ago, schools in New Jersey are trying to tackle the problem. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10 percent or more of the total enrolled school days, including both excused and unexcused absences and suspensions. About 8,000…
Descriptors: Attendance, Elementary Secondary Education, Race, Economically Disadvantaged
Dellanno, Diane; Kaiser, Jaime – Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2017
Family child care, which is child care provided in the home of a registered provider for no more than five children at a time, is a vital component of New Jersey's early care and education system utilized by approximately 10,000 families annually. This brief looks at trends, challenges, and opportunities impacting family child care in New Jersey.
Descriptors: Child Care, Family Environment, Barriers, Wages
Chen, Peter; Rice, Cynthia – Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2016
Based on a 180-day school year, any student who misses 18 days or more per year--or about two days per month--is considered chronically absent. An alarming 4,328 Newark students in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade were chronically absent during the 2013-14 school year. When young students miss too much school, they will likely struggle…
Descriptors: Attendance, Attendance Patterns, Truancy, Early Childhood Education
Chen, Peter; Rice, Cynthia – Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2016
Being "chronically absent" means missing 10 percent or more of total enrolled school days, including suspensions and both excused and unexcused absences. In the 2014-15 school year, 136,000, or 10 percent of K-12 students in New Jersey, were "chronically absent." This second Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) statewide…
Descriptors: Attendance, Elementary Secondary Education, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement
Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2016
This annual snapshot of child well-being is intended to inform policymakers and the public of the progress of and challenges to ensuring the health, welfare, and safety of all children. Following an introduction, this report contains seven sections: (1) The State of Children and Families, including data on births and family structure; (2) The…
Descriptors: Well Being, Children, Family Characteristics, Child Health
Rice, Cynthia – Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2015
In the 2013-14 school year, 125,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade were "chronically absent." This means they missed 10 percent or more of school days, which includes both excused and unexcused absences, according to statistics from the New Jersey Department of Education. These students represent about 10 percent of New…
Descriptors: Attendance, Elementary Secondary Education, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement
Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2015
This annual snapshot of child well-being is intended to inform policymakers and the public of the progress of and challenges to ensuring the health, welfare, and safety of all children. Following a special section on the racial disparities that exist among New Jersey children based on the Annie E. Casey Foundation's "Race for Results"…
Descriptors: Well Being, Children, Family Characteristics, Child Health
Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2014
Over the past few years, New Jersey schools have achieved significant progress in providing breakfast to more low-income students, with a 55 percent increase from 2010 to 2014. However, in May 2014, 49 New Jersey school districts with high levels of poverty continued to lag in providing breakfast to their students. This two-page report lists…
Descriptors: Breakfast Programs, Underachievement, School Districts, Poverty
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