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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
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
Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2014
Often, school districts are reluctant to adopt innovative approaches to serving children breakfast in school because of logistical concerns that are easily overcome. Districts that adopt these more innovative approaches report significant increases in participation rates and improvement in student behavior and performance. This report provides…
Descriptors: Breakfast Programs, Child Health, At Risk Students, Low Income Groups
Bernard-Rance, Kourtney; Parello, Nancy – Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2014
Children in New Jersey's foster care system are more likely to remain in their home school when they enter foster care, thanks to a law passed in 2010, giving these fragile children improved educational stability. The law allows children to remain in their "school of origin" when they are placed in foster care, even if the foster home is…
Descriptors: Foster Care, Academic Achievement, At Risk Students, Student Placement
Zalkind, Cecilia; Coogan, Mary; Trenk, Richard – Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2014
Led by Advocates for Children of New Jersey and the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition, the NJ Food For Thought School Breakfast Campaign is driven by a statewide steering committee that includes the New Jersey Departments of Agriculture, Education and Health, anti-hunger and health groups and New Jersey's major education associations. The…
Descriptors: Breakfast Programs, Hunger, Child Health, Nutrition
Rice, Cynthia; Costanza, Vincent – Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2011
New Jersey school administrators are finding themselves in need of the supports necessary to build on the state's existing model preschools toward a broader vision of early learning, including making strong connections to the early learning system. Clearly, changing the educational mindset and building the related capacity of front-line leaders is…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Leadership Training, Professional Development, Administrators
Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2011
"New Jersey Kids Count 2011" again documents both advances and setbacks in key areas that affect child well-being--poverty, health, child protection, education, including early learning, and adolescent well-being. To better gauge New Jersey's progress in essential areas, a "New Jersey Kids Count Report Card" that identifies…
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Well Being, Social Indicators, Child Welfare
Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2011
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 to help parents navigate the system and services available for children with special learning needs and to…
Descriptors: Special Education, Learning Problems, Disabilities, Parent Student Relationship
Allen-Kyle, Portia; Parello, Nancy – Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2011
This brief marks the start of "Advocates for Children of New Jersey's Food for Thought School Breakfast Campaign", which seeks to expand innovative approaches to serving school breakfast and significantly increase students' participation rates. This report provides a closer look at the data, including identifying districts that have high…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, Advocacy, Child Health, Student Participation
Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2010
Giving children high-quality preschool is the first step in the journey to school success. The next steps--kindergarten through 3rd grade--are equally important. Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) is working on several fronts to help school districts across the state build strong early learning programs, which can significantly improve…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Primary Education, Politics of Education, Advocacy
Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2010
For 15 years, "Newark Kids Count" has provided insight into the challenges facing Newark's children and families. This report presents the portrait of Newark children in 2010. A special section on Newark charter schools is also presented. Advocates for Children of New Jersey's (ACNJ's) goal in choosing this topic was to inform the…
Descriptors: Population Trends, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, English (Second Language), Enrollment Trends
Donovan, Laura Fasbach – Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2010
Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) recently examined the status of kindergarten throughout the state and found that for these programs to become that strong linchpin for young students, programs and standards must be strengthened and better coordination must take place between preschool and grades 1st through 3rd. Over the last year, ACNJ…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Guidelines, Kindergarten, Professional Development
Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2010
Children need quality early learning programs. This can be a child care center, a preschool or a Head Start program. Not all early learning programs provide the high quality children need. This paper presents questions that should be considered when looking for an early learning program.
Descriptors: Child Care Centers, Preschool Education, Evaluation Criteria, Selection
Rice, Cynthia – Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2010
Congress is currently considering updating the key legislation that governs K-12 public education--the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Noticeably missing from the current law, more commonly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), is a comprehensive early learning agenda, which span from preschool through 3rd grade. The Obama…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Young Children