Friday & Saturday, March 22nd & 23rd, 2019 

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New Jersey Child Care Association

Representing New Jersey's Preschools and Early Learning Leaders since 1989

Dedicated to providing support and guidance in the management and administration of child care centers in New Jersey, and leading the industry to excellence through:


  • Continuing Education and Professional Development
  • Accreditation and certification
  • Facilities best practices
  • Latest trends in curriculum development
  • Business Partner discounts and benefits
  • Advocacy and legislative representation
  • Peer-to-Peer networking opportunities



NJCCA Successfully Achieves Launch Of Automated Electronic CARI Check Retrieval System

Two years of persistent lobbying has granted our industry the ability to request, pay for and receive results of CARI checks online. As you are all very much aware, the current process involved with obtaining CARI check results is extremely tedious and lengthy. Beginning February 1st, 2019 this new system will allow participants to maintain an individual account, check the status of submitted applications and store payment information. Through this system, employees will be able to complete their electronic CARI check application on site or through an emailed link. All completed CARI checks will be returned through this electronic system as well.

The fee for CARI applications will increase to $15 with the implementation of this electronic system. This is a nominal price to pay for the immense return of time and resources that will be saved. To help with this transition DCF will be providing training through webinars in the new year.

This is a prime example of how your membership dollars are put to use. More importantly, together our voices are stronger and your membership is necessary for the survival of our industry!

NJCCA successfully advocates for changes to NJ-DCF Child Care Manual/Regulations
The Department of Children and Families' (DCF) "Child Care Manual" was readopted with several changes on March 6, 2017. The New Jersey Child Care Association (NJCCA) had two members serve on the ad-hoc citizen's advisory committee that reviewed the initial draft regulations. 
NJCCA submitted preliminary comments, and also provided additional comments to the department's proposal in the NJ Register.

Please CLICK HERE> to view NJCCA comments.
CLICK HERE> to see DCF acknowledgement of receipt. 

SLOW DOWN!!!  Recent Vanderbilt Study Shows Surprising Results From Highlighted Pre-K Programs

A recent study released by The Peabody Research Institute of Vanderbilt University clearly demonstrates that the rush to implement government-funded universal Pre-K is likely misguided at best, and may be detrimental to youngsters at worst. The study centered around Tennessee’s voluntary Pre-K program, (TN‐VPK), which is an optional program focused on the neediest children in the state. Students participating in the TN-VPK program were matched up against students who did not attend Pre-K and the results were not in line with the narrative being perpetuated by those aggressively supporting government-funded Pre-K expansion.


Among the findings, the study carefully reviewed “the sustainability of effects on achievement and behavior beyond kindergarten entry. Children in both groups were followed and reassessed in the spring every year with over 90% of the initial sample located tested on each wave. By the end of kindergarten, the control children had caught up to the TN‐VPK children and there were no longer significant differences between them on any achievement measures. The same result was obtained at the end of first grade using both composite achievement measures.”


Much of this conclusion directly contradicts information that proponents of the government-funded Pre-K expansion have been telling the public in their expansion campaign. In addition to their unwillingness to acknowledge studies like this one, proponents have also not come up with a permanent source of funding to support their campaign.


The most concerning aspect of the study centers around a conclusion that directly conflicts with the proponent’s narrative. The study states, “In second grade, however, the groups began to diverge with the TN‐VPK children scoring lower than the control children on most of the measures. The differences were significant on both achievement composite measures and on the math subtests.”


The study affirms what the New Jersey Child Care Association has been saying in its response to this complicated issue. Mainly, that Pre-K programs should continue to be flexible and age appropriate.

Full version of the Peabody Pre-K Study

NJ DCF Must Honor Division of Fire Safety Bulletin:  2013-1
Through its advocacy efforts, the New Jersey Child Care Association was able to broker an agreement where the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) must honor Bulletin: 2013-1, published by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Fire Safety.  Bulletin: 2013-1 addresses school security, specifically the locking of classroom doors.  

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The NJ Department of Children and Families has created a searchable online database of nearly 4,000 state-licensed child care centers. Click here to begin your search.  

The NJ Department of Children and Families finalized their Child Care Manual regulations on March 6, 2017. Please click here for the NJCCA presentation on the the new rules.
NJCCA Call For Increased Subsidy Payments from NJ Department of Human Services
New Jersey Child Care Association executive director Curt Macysyn called upon the commissioner of the state Department of Human Services to increase New Jersey's subsidy rate for these CCDBG vouchers, which has not increased since 2008, a situation that Macysyn called "inexplicable."  The letter calls upon acting commissioner Elizabeth Connelly to submit an increase in the department's Fiscal Year 2017 budget.

Macysyn wrote, "I respectfully ask that you increase the child care voucher payment rate at least to the federally recommended level of 75 percent of market rate and increase the total amount of funding for vouchers in your FY 2017 budget.  By doing so, private providers who accept this subsidy can continue to provide educational opportunities to at least the same number of children and working families."