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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 nearly $2,000* a month for two young children – more than 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:

  • Substantially increase New Jersey’s child care subsidy reimbursement rates, giving priority to the infant /toddler rate, expanding access to quality care for our most vulnerable families.
  • Provide ongoing training, technical assistance, and funding to bolster quality child care programs for low-income working parents and their children.
  • Continue expansion of state-funded quality preschool to more communities 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.

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

*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, 2018

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.

2017
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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2016
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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2015
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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