Grow NJ Kids FCC

Grow NJ Kids Family Child Care

    Quality Improvement Race To the Top


Grow NJ Kids is a state-sponsored initiative to raise the quality of child care and early learning throughout New Jersey.  Grow NJ Kids gives child care and early learning programs resources to assess and improve their programs, while providing parents with information that allows them to evaluate the quality of programs and make the best choices for their child. The goal is to create a system that encourages ongoing improvement.  Grow NJ Kids is part of a national effort. More than 40 other states are at some stage of launching their effort to improve quality.  All types of programs can participate in Grow NJ Kids – a child care center, a school- or center-based preschool program, a Head Start program, as well as a registered family child care provider, who cares for children in his/her home.

How Grow NJ Kids works

To create a standard way to look at child care and early learning, Grow NJ Kids provides families with an objective rating system.  Based on the findings of a preliminary assessment that the child care and early learning program does on itself, trained professionals work with the program staff to address areas needing improvement.  Currently, funding is available to pay for staff training, classroom materials and technical support.  Then, a trained rater, using a comprehensive, research-based tool, formally assesses the program. A program can earn from one to five stars, giving parents an easy way to compare and make an educated decision about what is best for their child.  To find a participating program or to enroll contact our Quality Improvement Specialist, Angela Esaw – 201-451-8888 ext 114

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What’s New With Grow NJ Kids

August 30, 2016   What’s New With Grow NJ Kids PDF

August 30, 2016   8/30/16 What’s New With Grow NJ Kids Webinar

March 30, 2016    3/30/2016 What’s New With Grow NJ Kids Webinar


Why to enroll in Grow NJ Kids?

Grow NJ Kids Scholarships

Professional Organizations

NJ Association for the Education of Young Children (NJAEYC)

NJ Family Child Care Association


Helpful Resources

Better kid Care

Grow NJ Kids

Grow NJ Kids Training Calendar

Office of Licensing


Strengthening Families



Build a Quality Environment–The following are links to resources that you can use to help stimulate your child’s learning and imagination.


Find a Quality Environment: Grow NJ Kids has enlisted many programs in an effort to improve the quality of child care and early learning in New Jersey.  One result of that effort is a rating system to help parents find the right program that will lead to their child’s success. Grow NJ Kids uses five stars to show different levels of quality.

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