New Jersey

Advocates for Children of New Jersey

  • Advocates for Children of New Jersey
  • 35 Halsey St.
  • Newark, NJ 07102
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Alana Vega, Kids Count Coordinator

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) is the trusted, independent voice putting children’s needs first for 40 years. Our work results in better laws and policies, more effective funding and stronger services for children and families. And it means that more children are given the chance to grow up safe, healthy and educated.

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Licensed child care centers
Children need safe, nurturing and enriching environments where they can grow and learn while their parents work. Parents need affordable, reliable child care so they can be productive employees. And, employers need staff who come to work with peace of mind, knowing their children are safe and happy.

In New Jersey, licensed child care centers serve a minimum of six children and must adhere to state licensing requirements. 
Registered family child care providers
Registered family child care providers care for a maximum of five children at a time in their own homes.  Family child care providers who register voluntarily through New Jersey's Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies are required to meet state regulations primarily related to health and safety concerns.
Chronically Absent Students
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. When students are young, too many absences can reduce their chances of reading proficiently by third grade, a key indicator of long-term academic success.  When students are older, absenteeism places them at risk of not graduating high school, not attending college or failing to find a meaningful career.  

Visit ACNJ's website for more information on chronic absenteeism in New Jersey.