2016 Partners in Education Conference March 12, 2016!

New Jersey Child Care Association

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
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

Upcoming NJCCA Program:  

2016 Partners in Education Conference
The New Jersey Child Care Association is preparing for its annual "Partners in Education" conference which will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at The Hotel Woodbridge at Metropark.  We are looking for engaging and qualified speakers to present at the conference.  If you are an accomplished speaker with a relevant topic that pertains to private child care, please complete the Request for Proposal (RFP) and return by November 6, 2015.  You must be available from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm on March 12th.

Also, we have finalized our exhibit space for the conference, and interested vendors can download a copy of the "Contract for Exhibitor Space" here.  Since we are moving to a hotel venue, we will have less exhibit space than previous years, and we may, in fact, sell out of space. 
"The Child Care Advocate" - Volume II HITS MAILBOXES
The New Jersey Child Care Association has published and distributed Volume II of The Child Care Advocate, which was mailed to almost 4,000 privately licensed child care centers in New Jersey.  In 2016, we plan to publish Volume III, so we are looking for authors to write articles that pertain to early childhood education, as well as advertising partners to make this endeavor possible.

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."  

Thank you to our keynote speaker Dr. Gerry Costa!

Thank you to our keynote speaker Dr. Gerard Costa for his presentation "Babies, Brains and Relationships," given at the NJCCA Partners in Education Conference held on March 7, 2015 at Rutgers University.

Information provided by:
Gerard Costa, Ph.D., DIR-C, IMH-E-IV-Clinical Mentor
Director and Senior Lecturer
Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health
College of Education and Human Services
Principal Investigator, New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence Coordinating Center
Montclair State University.

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Macysyn Op-Ed Article Raises Important Issues About Private Child Care

New Jersey Child Care Association executive director Curtis S. Macysyn recently authored an opinion-editorial article published in the Press of Asbury Park.  The article focused on the importance of preserving private child care facilities in New Jersey and the important standing these businesses have in the communities they serve.  Read the article.