March 2010 Enews
Exciting Spring Events on the Schedule…
We have a bustling spring planned, with several exciting events that will equip you with information about pressing children’s issues, parenting advice and emerging data trends that can help you be a better advocate for your own children – and children across the state.
Health Care Reform and Children
ACNJ is a co-sponsor of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Policy Forum: "Implications of Health Care Reform for Children of New Jersey.” The event, scheduled for March 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will explore how the enactment of federal health care reform creates the opportunity to improve health care access, coverage, quality and outcomes for New Jersey children.
The event features a line-up of state and national experts, including former Health Commissioner Health Howard, First Focus President Bruce Lesley, ACNJ Executive Director Ceil Zalkind and ACNJ Board of Trustees member Kendell Sprott, Acting Chair and Assistant Professor of the Department of Pediatrics at the UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School.
Get more information and register.
New Jersey Kids Count Statewide Release
ACNJ will release the 2011 edition of New Jersey Kids Count on March 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Marriott in Trenton. (Complimentary breakfast at 10:00 a.m.) This year’s report includes a first-ever report card of the state of child well-being in New Jersey, as well as data that tracks trends in child poverty, health, education, juvenile justice and immigrant families.
Please join us for this free event. Just send us a quick e-mail that includes your contact information.
On The Issue: Children’s Health
ACNJ will present its third On The Issue series starting in April, with this year’s focus on child behavioral health. The series, sponsored by Novartis, kicks off on April 13, with a leading authority on adolescent brain development – Dr. Laurence Steinberg -- discussing intriguing research that has broad implications for parents, teachers, child-serving professionals and policymakers.
Session II is set for May 11 with Rutgers Professor and ACNJ Board Member Maurice J. Elias, who will discuss strategies for raising emotionally-healthy children. Session III will be held June 7, featuring licensed psychologist Dr. Steven Gorden, exploring strategies for dealing with young children -- ages 3 to 8 -- who are argumentative and showing signs of having behavioral problems.
Sign up today for one or all three sessions today!
Governor Christie Supports Preschool
In an e-mail response to our letters and e-mails supporting preschool, Governor Christie recognizes an “obligation to protect important community resources and key programs” and notes that his budget funds full-day preschool for children in our poorest cities.
Read the response.
Planning to Give? Here’s An Easy Way…
As you know, a cornerstone of ACNJ's success is its independence. We are strictly non-partisan and accept no government funding for advocacy, which frees us to focus on our sole mission -- helping children. We are continually grateful for your generosity that supports this critical independence.
If you are considering planned giving, please remember that it creates opportunities for donors to provide lasting support for the work of ACNJ. There are many options from which you may choose. The right gift can help you meet your family, estate and financial planning goals.
Learn more about ACNJ’s gift opportunities.
CASA Celebrates 10th Anniversary
CASA of New Jersey planned a March 3 celebration of its 10th anniversary. Honorees are Ed Fernandez, President, Palisades Safety and Insurance Management Corporation, and ACNJ’s Executive Director Cecilia Zalkind.
CASA helps thousands of New Jersey children in foster care, giving them a voice in court proceedings and helping judges make sounder decisions for these vulnerable children.
Read Ceil’s message about CASA.