Welcome to the Quality Care Early
Head Start Child Care Collaboration

Where early education meets quality implementation

 

Welcome to the Quality Care Early
Head Start Child Care Collaboration

Where early education meets quality implementation

What is an Early Head Start Child Care Collaboration?

These collaborations are designed to grow the supply of high-quality early learning opportunities for children birth to three, so more children from low-income families can develop and learn from an early age. Therefore Early Head Start grantees join with childcare providers to enhance learning settings; provide new, full-day comprehensive services; and prepare children for transition into pre-school

Leadership

Quality Care Early Head Start Child Care Collaboration thrives under the leadership of Susan T. James and Maribel Forchion. Susan T. James, the founder of Quality Care Resource and Referral Services Inc. dba Quality Care Services, Inc. serves as the Executive Director of the Early Head Start program. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Masters of Public Policy with 30 years of executive/management experience. Before assuming the position of EHS Executive Director, James administered a four county-wide resource and referral program serving over 7,500 families annually. She also was: a Vice President and Senior Vice President at one of South Jersey’s largest non-profits; the Executive Director of the New Jersey Early Childhood Facilities Fund; the Executive Director of the Enterprise Foundation’s Philadelphia subsidiary; and the Principal of her own consulting firm.
EHS Director, Maribel Forchion, has over ten years of Head Start experience working in several capacities including an EHS teacher, Abbott (Pre-School) teacher, Site Director, Assistant Director of Gateway Head Start and finally Director of Operations for Gateway Head Start, which provided EHS and Head Start services to over 1,000 children in Salem, Gloucester and Cumberland counties.
In addition to Ms. James and Ms. Forchion, senior staff has over 60 collective years of experience administering substantial projects serving low-income children and families. Further, Mid-Managers and Case Management staff have experience ranging from three to ten years each in childcare services.

What is Early Head Start?

Early Head Start (EHS) is focused on preparing children from birth through age three for school readiness. Empowering children for academic success during these critical stages has been proven to promote healthy growth and development that is sustainable through all academic learning and life in general. Through EHS all children experience love, warmth and positive learning in a safe environment from a staff of intentional, capable and dedicated educators.
Specific EHS goals include the following:

To promote school readiness with goals that focus on children’s physical, social-emotional, cognitive and language development to support parents as their children’s first and most important teacher
To promote positive parent-child relationships
To promote family well-being, including health, safety and increased financial security

Benefits of Early Head Start

Involvement in Early Head Start is not only a benefit for children, but the entire family is strengthened through the advancements provided. Parents read more as children are being read to and parent/child interaction increase as EHS goals are being fostered in the home. There is positivity and attentiveness during playtime as parents learn how to be more emotionally supportive and children become less aggressive. Studies even show a specific component for fathers as they are able to spend more time nurturing children and less time disciplining them. Specific services provided by EHS include:

  • quality early education in and out of the home, including home visits
  • ongoing child development screening
  • family support – parent education, including parent-child activities
  • comprehensive health services
  • immunization tracking
  • nutrition education
  • mental health services and referrals
  • ongoing support for parents through partnership development focusing on family and individual goals, referral to agencies in the community to meet specific needs and peer support groups

Collaborating Centers

Cumberland County

Genius Kids Academy & Learning Institute
1022-24 North High Street
Millville, NJ 08332
856-825-8280

Golden Gate Childcare Development Center II
120 West Wood Street
Vineland, NJ 08360
856-205-0556

Great Start Academy
2120 N. Delsea Drive
Vineland, NJ 08360
856-839-2741

Greater Deliverance Learning Center
2106 W. Landis Ave.
Vineland, NJ 08360
856-794-4844

Gloucester County

Golden Gate Inc.
253 Maple St.
Clayton, NJ 08312
856-863-4900

Golden Gate Wenonah
645 Georgetown Road
Wenonah, NJ 08090
856-464-6865

Great Start Learning Center
1110 North Delsea Drive
Glassboro, NJ 08028
856-589-2008

To learn more about the Early Head Start – Child Care Collaboration or wish more information on qualifications, please contact the Quality Care Office at: 856.628.8600. If you wish to tour a center, you may call the center directly.