Camden parent advocate Carl Boyd was honored by Advocates for Children of New Jersey for his efforts to make quality child care accessible to working families across the state.
"As a Camden resident, I was proud to have our city represented in a statewide effort to highlight the needs of young children and their families. I believe all our families deserve access to quality child care to support their household and educate their youngest children. Unfortunately, far too many working parents have to choose between safe, reliable care or choosing to go to work to support their families,” Boyd said.
Earlier this year, Boyd was among the hundreds of parents and child care providers who participated in Strolling Thunder NJ and rallied at the State House for increased investments for New Jersey’s infants and toddlers. At the time, the minimum wage increase was fast approaching, but no additional aid was available to help child care providers offset the rising operational costs, meaning many would be forced to close their doors.
Boyd, the co-chair for the Camden County Council for Young Children and a member of the CPAC Community Advisory Council, helped organize Camden families to attend the rally in Trenton to bring attention to the needs of young families.
"The voices of parents and child care providers were responsible for the additional $24 million for child care in this year’s state budget," said Cecilia Zalkind, ACNJ president and CEO. "Successful advocacy for children requires partnerships at every level – from informing our advocacy to taking action, and we are so thankful to have strong partners like Carl."
Boyd, a 20-year resident of Camden, works at the Center for Family Services Head Start as the Male Involvement Coordinator working to support fathers in the Head Start program. He also works as the Safe Corridors Coordinator for Camden Promise Neighborhood at Center for Family Services.
Boyd is active in the lives of his nieces and nephews and acts as a resource and support to them when needed. He is also a Parent Council member and former Parent Council Chair for Leap Academy Charter School. He is also serving his sixth term as a board of trustees member for ECO Charter School.