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To provide quality care a caregiver should be committed to improving their skills through training. Community Child Care Solutions assists child care providers in improving the quality of their child care though programs like The Quality Initiative : Accreditation Facilitation Project, Grow NJ Kids Test Drive (QRIS) and the Nicholson Foundation.
Quality Improvement Programs:
NJ launched a pilot program (Test Drive) of the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) and Community Child Care Solutions is participating. The program is called Grow NJ Kids. For more information, contact Annette Janssen at 908-927-0869 ext 2471 or Nikki Byrant at 908-333-2465.
What is the test drive?
The test drive is a pilot program for the Grow NJ Kids tool. Four counties in NJ are currently involved; Middlesex, Somerset, Morris and Essex (Newark only). In each county there is a combination of child care centers, Department of Education preschools and Head Start centers participating.
Is the Test Drive voluntary?
Yes. Centers submitted an application and then were selected to participate.
The Steps to Quality Family Child Care Initiative is a pilot program funded by The Nicholson Foundation and implemented to improve the quality of care in family child care homes. Three Child Care Resource and Referral agencies are working in collaboration to execute the program in three areas; Community Child Care Solutions has chosen the city of Perth Amboy.
An early childhood specialist from Community Child Care Solutions will support and assist the family provider in five areas:
- Safe, Healthy Learning Environments
- Curriculum and Learning Environment
- Family and Community Engagement
- Professional Development
- Program Management
For more information on this initiative, contact Marilyn Quintana at 732-934-2902.
Why should a provider participate?
- Free training, including training in medication administration
- Free professional liability insurance
- Free materials and equipment grants of up to $1,000
- Free educational materials and professional resources
- Free on-site technical assistance visits by early childhood specialists
- Free program assessment using the Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale
How are the providers selected?
12 Family Child Care Providers will be selected. They must meet the following requirements:
- Be a NJ state registered FCC provider and in full compliance with all regulations
- Have at least two children in care, with at least one being an infant or toddler
- Have at least one child receiving a state child care subsidy
- Must live in Perth Amboy
- Must sign a letter of agreement and have a fingerprint background check
We don’t receive any subsidies, so why should we go through accreditation?
Going through self-study to achieve accreditation allows a center to reflect on their practices and improve their service. Children will receive high quality care, parents will identify your center as a nationally accredited program, communities become stronger and centers create potential for increased enrollment and financial gain.
What’s the benefit of going through accreditation?
Your program will receive financial support to help with fees and classroom materials. Staff and administration will have access to specific training related to improving quality care in your center. Programs will receive one-on-one time with a highly knowledgeable facilitation program coordinator who will help customize an accreditation path with the administration and staff.
How will accreditation and the upcoming QRIS program work side by side?
The QRIS is new and coming to New Jersey; many other states have both accreditation and QRIS entities.
Which programs qualify to participate in the Quality Initiative?
Non-profit programs in Middlesex County.
Which accreditation programs do you go through?
NAC, NECPA and NAEYC
What if I don’t pass accreditation?
All three accreditation programs have a review process that allow for improvements and resubmission at an additional cost.
Do you pay for everything?
Unfortunately, we do not absorb all of the cost of the accreditation process. We try our best to help reduce the cost of enrollment fees by paying a percentage of the fees or other accreditation expenses.
Will the accreditation facilitation project coordinator be at my site every day helping me in the process?
No, the accreditation facilitation project coordinator works with multiple sites that are all in different stages of the accreditation process. Program administration and the accreditation coordinator will design a customized schedule based on the program’s level of need.