New study shows quality child care is out of reach for many NJ families

Posted on April 25, 2017

NJ’s Child Care Quality Rating System Shortchanges Providers Caring for Low-Income Children

Despite New Jersey’s implementation of a child care rating system that helps working parents find the best care for their young children, a new study by Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) shows that many child care centers in low-income communities would face enormous challenges meeting and sustaining these higher state standards that define quality – unless the state is able to provide the necessary resources.

“This report provides crucial recommendations for changing how New Jersey pays child care providers in order to support high-quality care for our youngest children – particularly those from low income families,” said Arturo Brito, Executive Director of The Nicholson Foundation, which funded this study.

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Read NJ 101.5’s story on the dilemma facing child care centers

Read the executive summary with ACNJ’s recommendations
Out of Reach: Sustaining a High Quality Child Care System in New Jersey

Read the report Quality Costs How Much? Estimating the Cost of Quality Child Care in New Jersey

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This report is one of several reports to be released in the upcoming months to look at child care issues in New Jersey.