Millhill Child & Family Development Receives a 4-star Rating from Grow NJ Kids, New Jersey’s Early Education Quality Rating Program

Photo caption: Four preschoolers from Millhill Child & Family Development hold up a Grow NJ Kids Banner

Trenton, NJ (October 3, 2019) Millhill Child & Family Development’s Early Education program, received a 4-star rating for their successful completion of the rigorous, research-based Grow NJ Kids quality rating program.

Grow NJ Kids is New Jersey’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). It offers child care and early learning programs access to training, professional development, staff scholarships for continuing education and targeted technical assistance. Professional raters visit the program to review quality standards and then program participants receive ratings – up to five stars – by meeting an extensive list of quality benchmarks.

More than 40 states across the country have a form of QRIS. In New Jersey, the program is administered by the Departments of Children and Families, Education, Health, and Human Services.

The rating will help further Millhill’s mission to provide high quality early education preschool while providing a safe and nurturing place for child development. Millhill Child & Family Development is one of the first in 300 providers in Mercer County to receive the Grow NJ accreditation rating.

“Millhill is proud to be accredited by both the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Grow NJ Kids,” explains Mary Ellen Allocca, Director of Education. “The additional accreditation represents further endorsement of Millhill’s high quality early childhood education program.”

“Grow NJ Kids offers resources to help educate parents on the importance of quality child care and early childhood education,” says Andrea Breitwieser, Grow NJ Kids Coordinator. “It also gives parents and families the tools needed to find programs that will make the most of their kid’s early learning experiences.”

Millhill should be proud of their rating, as participation in Grow NJ Kids indicates they provide a higher standard of care, exceeding New Jersey’s licensing standards, Breitwieser said.

Millhill Child & Family Development
Millhill Child & Family Development is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and families in Greater Trenton through education, counseling, family support services and community collaborations spanning from an early age to adult. Founded in 1971, Millhill serves more than 6,500 individuals in the community with the help of dedicated staff, volunteers and financial contributors. Millhill empowers lives using an approach that is both individualized and collaborative taking into account the dynamics of the whole family. Services are offered at 101 Oakland Street and 802 Prospect Street in Trenton, NJ.

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