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