Star-Ledger Op-Ed: Early Childhood Investments Are Critical to New Jersey’s Future
In an Op-Ed in The Star-Ledger, The Nicholson Foundation’s Executive Director Arturo Brito and the Turrell Fund’s President and CEO Curtland Fields explain why investments in early childhood education are critical to New Jersey’s future. The Op-Ed also introduces readers to the Right from the Start NJ initiative.
Building Healthy Futures for NJ's Kids - Visit the Right From the Start NJ Website
Right From the Start NJ is a public awareness campaign educating the public at large and New Jersey policy makers about the importance of the early years of child development. The initiative's website highlights ways to support the cognitive, emotional, mental, and physical development of children from birth to age three.
Report Details Efforts to Expand High Quality Childcare in New Jersey
Steps to Quality–a public/private partnership supported by The Nicholson Foundation–has released a report detailing three years of work done to improve the quality of family childcare in New Jersey. Steps to Quality helped pilot the implementation of the Grow NJ Kids Quality Rating and Improvement System with providers in low income areas in three New Jersey counties.
New Jersey Raises Subsidy Rates for Child Care Programs
NJ’s Department of Human Services has announced the first increase in child care subsidy rates in 10 years. Rates will increase from 1% to 4% for child care centers receiving payment through the Child Care Subsidy Program, and from 4% to 24% for programs rated through Grow NJ Kids. The rate increases–a key goal of The Nicholson Foundation and other stakeholder groups–were the result of longstanding advocacy efforts.
New Project ECHO Clinic on Chronic Pain Now Open for Providers
The Nicholson Foundation-sponsored Project ECHO Hub at Rutgers RWJ Medical School has launched a new tele-ECHO clinic for Medicaid primary care providers. The clinic focuses on applying best practices for treating chronic pain. Participants will receive CME credits.
The Nicholson Foundation and NJ Department of Health Launch Asthma In-Home Intervention Pilot Project
The Nicholson Foundation and the New Jersey Department of Health announced the launch of the New Jersey Asthma In-Home Intervention Pilot Project – a new evidence-based intervention serving children ages 2-17 enrolled in NJFamilyCare.