Grow NJ Kids Program
Grow NJ Kids is the Quality Rating Improvement System for licensed early childhood programs in
the state of New Jersey. Its goals include coordinating a rating system for centers, school districts,
Head Start and home based care that will assist families in understanding and seeking the best
program for their infant, toddler and preschool age children. Another goal is to improve the quality of
the workforce in early childhood programs. Since 2015 there are three Regional Technical
Assistance Centers (TAC) in Grow NJ Kids who are funded to provide coaching, mentoring,
classroom resources, classroom environment feedback, professional development and curriculum
support in order to reach a quality rating. To date, many centers and child care providers around NJ
have reached a quality rating with the assistance and mentoring of the TAC’s.
CJFHC is funded to provide this Technical Assistance in seven northern counties: Bergen,
Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union and Warren. GNJK TAC North has 22 staff members
that include Technical Assistance Specialists (TAS) , Managers and Administrators. The TAC works
closely with early childhood partners in the state, including the Child Care Health Consultants at
CJFHC, and in other states as well.