New Jersey

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.

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Initial Design Process

New Jersey Council's Committee Strategy for QRIS Planning

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

  • The Program Improvement Committee improved Grow NJ Kids as a tool and determined the best way to introduce a QRIS into the varied configuration of New Jersey’s early education and child care programs.
  • The Learning and Development Standards Committee developed New Jersey’s Birth to Three Early Learning Standards guide, which was integrated into the steps of the Grow NJ Kids system and introduced as part of Grow NJ Kids’ technical assistance.
  • The Workforce Development Committee used Grow NJ Kids as part of a system to ensure coordinated, aligned professional development for the early childhood workforce.
  • The Infancy and Early Childhood Mental Health Committee cultivated 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 designed strategies to communicate the benefits of Grow NJ Kids participation and ensure that providers and schools had tools to maximize participation. This committee also designed strategies to help families recognize the value of choosing high-quality early learning programs and the effect that high-quality early learning experiences can have for young children.
  • The Council’s Coordinated Data Systems Committee worked to improve coordination among the state’s many early childhood data systems.