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United Way of Northern New Jersey-EDUCATION Advocacy

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Quality, Affordable Early Education

EducationA quality early childhood education can cost more than $1,600* a month for two young children – on par with housing costs – putting it out of reach for many ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and families in poverty. A quality start is the foundation children need to be successful in school and life and provides peace of mind for working parents aiming to be their most productive at work. This early investment promotes our future workforce and saves our communities the costly game of playing catch up in lower special education costs, higher graduation rates and reduced crime. The following are the policy changes United Way is fighting to change for ALICE and all in our community:

  • Increase New Jersey’s child care subsidy reimbursement rates, giving priority to the infant /toddler rate, improving access to quality care for our most vulnerable families.
  • Provide a stable source of funding for Grow NJ Kids, a statewide quality rating system so parents can easily identify quality care.
  • Expand state-funded quality preschool through a mixed delivery system that promotes collaboration and parent choice by including in-district, private provider, and local Head Start agency settings as options.

You can learn more about our work to promote quality, early education here.

*Based on Household Stability Budget for a family of four (two adults, an infant and preschooler) living in New Jersey. Source: United Way ALICE Report – New Jersey, 2016

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Fight for ALICE
Click here to join us in telling Governor Phil Murphy and our state legislators that improving life for all in New Jersey begins with improving life for ALICE. In this first year of a new administration in Trenton we need a comprehensive approach that makes child care affordable for working families, supports pro-work, anti-poverty tax credits, and helps family caregivers with the high cost of caring for ill, aging or disabled loved ones.

For More Information
Want to learn how you can get involved? Email Kathy Kwasnik or call 973.993.1160, x130

United Way Stands Up For ALICE

United Way is advocating for policy changes that would make a meaningful difference for those earning incomes below the ALICE Threshold and all in our community. See below for examples.

N.J. Senate Budget Committee March 21 Hearing

Senior Vice President Kiran Gaudioso testified in support of a $20 million increase to the state’s child care subsidy program so that working families who qualify as ALICE or in poverty can afford quality child care for their infants.
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N.J. Senate Education Committee March 3 Hearing

Education Impact Area Director Michelle Roers submitted remarks in support of S-997 to fund preschool expansion in 17 more school districts across the state.
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N.J. General Assembly Women and Children Committee January 27 Hearing
Senior Vice President Kiran Gaudioso testified on the importance of providing access to quality early childhood education for all families.
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N.J. Senate Education Committee September 21 Hearing

Senior Vice President Kiran Gaudioso testified on the importance of quality early childhood education and access to preschool.
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