QUALITY EARLY CARE AND LEARNING IN NEW JERSEY
New Jersey has implemented a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) also known as Grow NJ Kids. In addition, some child care centers may have a partnership with their local school district. Although the intent of these programs highlight quality early care and learning, the question that resonate is, how do you define quality? New Jersey is culturally diverse; therefore, although parents have options when exploring child care programs in New Jersey, another question that resonate is, what are child care programs doing in order to meet the diverse needs of children and families?
Educational changes have resulted in some child care programs moving away from the fundamental premise of developmentally appropriate practice to a more traditional and schooling approach to educating young children. Researchers have called attention to the dangers of such practices in child care centers. It is important to remember that young children experience various stages in their development, have diverse needs, and should not be generalized in the classroom.