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The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance, child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.

Child Care Aware© of America is a national membership-based nonprofit organization working to advance affordability, accessibility, development and learning of children in child care. Child Care Aware© of America is the only national nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on child care and serves as "our nation’s leading voice for child care". We work with more than 500 state and local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies nationwide

The National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at Wellesley College has moved the afterschool field forward through its research, education and training, consultation, and field-building for nearly 30 years.

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is especially for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families. It is a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) - the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Guiding Principles for the Development and Analysis of Early Childhood Public Policy

Public Policy Position Statements


New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children, an affiliate group of NAEYC, works to improve public understanding, support, and funding of high quality programs in centers, homes, and schools serving young children and their families through public policy initiatives and public awareness and engagement activities.

New Jersey Early Care & Education Alliance (NJECEA)advocates on behalf of early care and education organizations and individuals in New Jersey.
Contact - Elmoria Thomas - ethomas@eirc.org - 856-582-8282 ext 149

Child Care Aware NJ (CCANJ) is a non-profit organization composed of child care resource and referral agencies. CCANJ promotes a universally accessible, affordable & high quality system of early care & education that is responsive to parental choice.

The New Jersey Child Care Association (NJCCA) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to providing professional development, support and guidance in the management and administration of child care centers in New Jersey. NJCCA members include owners and directors of licensed child care centers including single and multiple site centers, tax-paying and not-for-profit centers.

The New Jersey Family Child Care Providers’ Association (NJFCCPC) was established in September of 1988 in order to bring professionalism to the field of family child care.

The New Jersey School Age Care Coalition (NJSACC) works closely with state and local officials to define appropriate NJ State regulations and legislation and develop public awareness of afterschool issues.

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) provides an independent voice putting children’s needs first to create better laws and policies, more effective funding, and stronger services for children and families.