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

The division's work revolves around the following:

  1. Developing and aligning teaching, learning, and program standards and guidance based on current research on early childhood education,
  2. Developing guidance, modules and other materials designed to facilitate the implementation of each component of high-quality preschool and k-3 programs,
  3. Tracking and adjusting implementation, and
  4. Providing regional and on-site support to key staff who turnkey the information.

NJ Parent Link

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