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Early Childhood Education and Family Engagement

The focus of the Division of Early Childhood Education and Family Engagement (DECE) is to enhance social, emotional, physical, and academic development of New Jersey's children -- birth through third grade -- by providing leadership, resources, and professional development in support of high-quality early childhood programs within a comprehensive, collaborative program.

Focus:

  • Provide leadership, resources and professional learning opportunities that support high-quality early childhood and early elementary learning programs.
  • Provide guidance and capacity-building for meaningful family engagement in the developmental and learning support for children from birth through third grade.

Goals:

  1. Develop and align program standards, teaching, learning, and resources anchored to best practice and current research on early childhood development and learning.
  2. Develop guidance, modules and other materials designed to facilitate the implementation of each component of high-quality development and learning programs for children from birth through 3rd grade.
  3. Track, reflect and adjust implementation procedures to improve outcomes.
  4. Build capacity to maximize the relationship with families to promote development and learning in all areas.
  5. Enrich services by expanding and including the voices of diverse stakeholders.
  6. Provide regional and on-site support to strategic staff who facilitate relevant information to local educators.

NJ Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Education
PO Box 500, 100 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
telephone: (609) 777-2074, fax:(609) 777-0967