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 that 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.