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GBCA Head Start Achieves Exclusive NAEYC Accreditation

Jersey City, NJ – Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc. (GBCA) is pleased to announce that its Lincoln Park Head Start and Early Head Start Center in Jersey City has achieved accreditation by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The NAEYC is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, from birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. NAEYC accreditation is not easily attained, and according to Barbara Willer, Senior Advisor of NAEYC, only 6% of early childhood programs in the United States are accredited.

As an NAEYC-accredited early learning program, parents can expect high-quality learning and development at GBCA Jersey City Head Start schools, as the programs are privy to resources and information that adhere to early learning best practices to ensure students’ school readiness and success, and also ensures that teaching staff and administrators have access to and utilize the latest research.

The NAEYC accreditation decisions are based on scores for the following standards:

  • Relationships

  • Curriculum

  • Teaching

  • Assessment of Child Progress

  • Health

  • Teachers

  • Families and Community Relationships

  • Physical Environment

  • Leadership and Management

With an NAEYC-accreditation, GBCA’s Jersey City Head Start programs are joining a community invested in ensuring quality early learning opportunities for young children and their families through various resources that create a web of support and connectivity, ultimately enhancing the agency’s educational offerings and community ties.

Enrollment is free and always open at GBCA Head Start. To apply, please visit


GBCA's Head Start and Early Head Start programs are open to all income eligible families. All services are responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage. GBCA Head Start/Early Head Start families gain easy access to all appropriate services and programs of GBCA, including housing, education and financial/banking resources. For more information or to enroll, go to

About Greater Bergen Community Action

Bergen Community Action (GBCA) is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit Community Action Agency. Established in 1967, Greater Bergen is part of a nationwide network of poverty-fighting enterprises which were established as part of the nation’s effort to address the intractable and persistent problem of poverty in America. For more information about GBCA, go to

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