Bridging the Gap: Investigating opportunities for Encore Talent in Early Childhood Education in New Jersey
Graie Hagans, Becky Kelleman, Yi Lu & Alana Vega
New Jersey is making significant efforts towards the well-being of young children through various policies. By addressing health and nutrition, early care and education, and economic supports for parents, New Jersey promotes a system that is comprehensive in its attempt to foster a positive environment for child development1. However, policy provides only the framework. Child care providers, including care centers and schools, deliver the supports. It is at this level, the level of the provider, that there is a strong need for additional assistance to create the environment envisioned by New Jersey’s policies.