New Jersey Policy Perspective has published an extensive report offering solutions to guarantee that all children in the state have health insurance coverage. Currently, more than 70,000 New Jersey children—3.5% of all kids—lack health insurance. The report identifies barriers to enrollment and recommends 10 concrete actions the state can take to increase accessibility.
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.
On September 22, Arturo Brito, Executive Director of The Nicholson Foundation, delivered a Grand Rounds lecture to the Pediatrics Department at Rutgers Medical School. In the lecture, Brito explained how public policy can be used to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable children in New Jersey.
Two new reports by Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) identify critical issues and challenges for developing, providing, and financing high-quality infant and toddler care. Together, they offer a sound, data-driven case for increasing public and private investment in New Jersey’s youngest children.
A new study by Rena Hallam, PhD, a nationally-recognized expert on early care and education, sheds new light on childcare arrangements for families with young children in Newark. The survey of nearly 200 families shows how patterns of childcare usage differ from national norms, and how the patterns break down by race/ethnicity – allowing for greater targeting of specific communities.
Funded by The Nicholson Foundation and produced by the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, the Medicaid 2.0 Blueprint lays out 24 detailed recommendations to both redesign and modernize New Jersey’s Medicaid program. The recommendations, if enacted, will lead to sustainable improvements in the quality, cost, and outcomes of care for Medicaid beneficiaries.