A-945

Establishes New Jersey Council on Responsible Fatherhood and Responsible Fatherhood Fund

NJEA supports A-945 (Singleton, Watson Coleman, Lampitt, Schaer, Wimberly, Garcia).  This bill will establish a 21-member New Jersey Council on Responsible Fatherhood in the Department of Children and Families in order to promote the participation of both parents in the lives of their children.  The council will identify the needs and priorities relating to fatherhood programs in the state, support the contributions each parent brings to the family unit, as well as provide grant funding to community-based organizations for fatherhood programming.

NJEA supports efforts to encourage and increase parental involvement.  When both parents are engaged in the lives of their children, particularly their education, children learn more and perform better in school.  Research shows that students with involved parents benefit by enjoying school, maintaining better attendance and homework completion, achieving higher grades, in addition to higher graduation rates and enrollment in college.  Parental involvement is a critical factor in a child’s academic success. 

NJEA urges you to vote “yes” on A-945.