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Rating Information

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Updates on Rating – as of June 2022

Grow NJ Kids has been implementing a provisional ratings process since spring 2021 to allow for continuation of ratings without physically entering program sites for in-person, onsite observations during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Official Star 3 Ratings are also now available for NAEYC-accredited programs only. Ratings eligibility and processes vary by program type. Click below for more information.

Center-based programs
  • For center-based programs that are not NAEYC-accredited or Head Start, a Provisional Ratings Observation Process (PROP) is being implemented in place of in-person observations.
  • Find more information about the process for PROP ratings of these programs.
  • Review the Documentation Review Protocol for Center-based Programs – February 17, 2022 (PDF)
  • Tech Kits are available at each Technical Assistance Centers for programs without access to the technology needed to complete PROP. Contact your Technical Assistance Specialist for more information.
In-district DOE programs
  • For in-district DOE programs, a Provisional Ratings Observation Process (PROP) is being implemented in place of in-person observations. An in-district DOE program is a program that does not have a childcare license and is located within a district building. If the program is a DOE-contracted center, refer to center-based programs above.
    • Curriculum Training: All program staff, including administrators, must have received the hours of formal curriculum training required for the star rating sought by the program. Formal curriculum training must come from GNJK training services, directly from the developer, or a trainer with a current train-the-trainer certificate.
    • Self-contained Classrooms: After rating submission, your program will be assigned to a Quality Rating Coordinator (QRC). Please notify your QRC if your in-district DOE program includes self-contained classrooms.
  • Find more information about the process for PROP ratings of these programs.
  • Review the Documentation Review Protocol for In-district DOE Programs – February 17, 2022 (PDF)
  • Tech Kits are available at each Technical Assistance Centers for programs without access to the technology needed to complete PROP. Contact your Technical Assistance Specialist for more information.
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NAEYC-accredited programs
  • Programs that are NAEYC-accredited can request an Official Star 3 Rating, or a Provisional Star 4 Rating (in place of in-person observations).
  • Find more information about the process for Official Star 3 and Provisional Star 4 Ratings of NAEYC-accredited programs
  • Review the Documentation Review Protocol for NAEYC-accredited Programs – June 20, 2022 (PDF)Note: NAEYC-accredited programs must submit the following to Grow NJ Kids Rating:
    – Copy of current NAEYC Accreditation Certificate
    – Copy of most recent Accreditation Decision Report
    – Copy of completed NAEYC Annual Reports for years 1-3 as appropriateGrow NJ Kids standards aligned to the NAEYC standards listed as “unmet” on the program’s Accreditation Decision Report, or found on the Areas for Ongoing Improvement section of the Accreditation Decision Report are not waived. Based on the findings from the Accreditation Decision Report and the completed NAEYC Annual Reports for years 1-3 by Grow NJ Kids Rating, additional documentation may be required to demonstrate evidence of meeting Grow NJ Kids standards and meeting points requirements for the requested Star Rating.
Head Start programs
  • Please check back soon for information about ratings for Head Start programs.