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QRIS Resource Guide

New Jersey

A pilot for a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), GrowNJKids, is currently underway in four counties in New Jersey with licensed child care centers.

New Jersey Contacts

Organization: New Jersey Department of Human Services

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QRIS State Profile

This profile is from the QRIS Compendium—a comprehensive resource for information about all of the QRIS operating in the U.S. and its Territories. It was developed by a partnership of the BUILD Initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, and Child Trends.

QRIS Resource Guide Examples

Initial Design Process

New Jersey Council's Committee Strategy for QRIS Planning

The overarching goal of the New Jersey Council for Young Children is to increase the quality of early learning and developmental experiences for the infants and young children of New Jersey in a coordinated system of comprehensive services. Each Council committee is charged with a different aspect of this goal. Central to the Council’s effort is the refinement and implementation of New Jersey’s QRIS, Grow NJ.

  • Much of the Program Improvement Committee’s work is centered on improving Grow NJ as a tool while also determining how best to introduce a QRIS into the varied configuration of New Jersey’s early education and care programs.
  • The Learning and Development Standards Committee developed New Jersey’s Birth to Three Early Learning Standards, which are integrated into the steps of the Grow NJ system and will be introduced as part of Grow NJ’s technical assistance.
  • The Workforce Development Committee will use Grow NJ as part of a system to ensure coordinated, aligned professional development for the early childhood workforce.
  • The Infancy and Early Childhood Mental Health Committee worked to cultivate a network of professionals to provide professional development to early learning and development practitioners on supporting the social and emotional needs of infants, young children and their families.
  • The Coordinated and Targeted Outreach Committee will design strategies to communicate the benefits of Grow NJ participation as well as ensure that providers and schools have tools to maximize participation. This committee will also design strategies to help families recognize the value of choosing high quality early learning programs and the impact that high quality early learning experiences can have for young children.
  • The Council’s Coordinated Data Systems Committee is working to improve coordination among the state’s many early childhood data systems.

Additional information on New Jersey’s Strategic Plan for Early Care and Education can be found at