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Advocates for Children of New Jersey

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Likelihood of success for kids in NJ — See how every county compares

Each county is ranked among the rest in four major categories: child and family economics, child health, safety and well-being, and education.

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Do your schools offer free meals during summer? Federal funds left behind

A summer meals program that provides breakfast and lunch for needy kids in New Jersey is highly ranked when compared to other states. Unfortunately, it is still falling short for a lot of kids here.

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The NJ counties with the most child care options for working parents

More than 207,000 New Jersey children under the age of 3 live in families where both parents work, meaning some type of child care will be needed.

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NJ child care centers need more help to maintain quality, report finds

A $44 million federal grant, aimed at improving child care quality in New Jersey by implementing a public rating system, is set to run dry by the end of 2017.

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NJ advocates pushing hard for long-awaited preschool expansion

Funding for schools in Gov. Chris Christie's 2018 budget proposal, including preschool, was essentially flat. But he challenged Democratic lawmakers to revamp the state's funding formula.

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Risky business: 10 percent of NJ parents uninsured in latest count

Nationwide, 12 percent of parents — or seven million Americans — lacked health insurance in 2015, according to the latest data.

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Hazel Loarca, 7, drinks her milk in the cafeteria area at Kingsley Elementary School, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Breakfast is served for even more low-income NJ students

In just one year, an additional 15,000-plus low-income students in the Garden State started their school day with a healthy morning meal, according to a new report.

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When NJ’s foster kids leave the system, where do they go?

Of the 7,138 foster children on New Jersey's books in 2014, the latest year for which data is available, hundreds transitioned out of foster care without the benefit of a permanent connection to family.

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Hazel Loarca, 7, drinks her milk in the cafeteria area at Kingsley Elementary School, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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NJ’s poorest school districts could offer free breakfast for all if they just did this

Some poorer New Jersey school districts are missing the boat in reducing paperwork and receiving more Federal school breakfast assistance

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