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Every working parent knows the struggle of finding a place they feel comfortable leaving their young children when they must return to work. Before the baby is even born many expecting parents are busy visiting centers and interviewing prospective child care providers. The choices can be dizzying and the cost equally disorienting.

Many industries are held to account by independent quality rating systems that develop standards to help folks know just what to expect from their services. How mind-boggling is it that until recently there was no independent standard a parent could look at to reassure them that they are placing their children in safe, capable, and quality hands?

Introducing a New Statewide, Standard Rating System

Because United Way has been at the forefront of advocating for quality child care, we were tapped by the New Jersey Department of Education and the state Division of Family Development to participate in the state’s pilot quality rating and improvement system, called Grow NJ Kids.

The rating system gives parents clear information and guidance on center quality as measured by things like safety, leadership, quality, training, and accountability. Additionally, child care centers gain valuable insights from the quality rating process, providing them a roadmap to improve their organizations’ quality.

United Way has already been at work to help centers perform at higher levels – because in the end – it’s the children, families, and our communities that benefit.

Check Your Center’s Rating!

Centers participating in this system can be found at Grow NJ Kids, a website that allows parents to check how participating centers rate under the system, enabling them to make informed decisions about child care.

The program is currently being expanded, with more than 800 centers currently participating.

For More Information

For more information about United Way’s involvement in Grow NJ Kids, email Kathy Kwasnik or call 973.993.1160, x130.

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