CRANFORD -- Calvary Nursery School & Child Care (CNSCC) has received a 4-star rating from the state’s Grow NJ Kids assessment program. CNSCC is one of only three early childhood centers in Union County to receive the 4-star distinction, and only 38 have been issued in total in New Jersey. Currently, over 1,200 centers in New Jersey participate in the program. 

CNSCC offers a morning Nursery School Program, a full-day Child Care Program, and a Kindergarten Wrap-Around Afternoon Program. The play-based, year-round program focuses on nurturing and educating the whole young child in a Christian setting and serves over 150 students age 2½-6 years.

“We are excited to begin our 25th year of ensuring our children are offered the highest quality educational experiences during this critical time in their development,” said Director Stacy Nick. “The Grow NJ Kids program has allowed us to raise that bar even higher by providing additional resources and materials to our children and staff to enrich our program.”

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"Our congregation founded our school in 1993 based on the belief that educating and nurturing young children are ways of sharing God's grace - helping them to love and respect others, themselves, and all creation,” added The Rev. Dr. Carol A. Lindsay, Pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church.  “Our school's ministry continues that important work today by bringing our congregation's welcome into the lives of people in our community.” 

Grow NJ Kids is a rigorous, research-based rating program administered by the New Jersey Departments of Children and Families, Education, Health, and Human Services. It offers child care and early learning programs access to training, professional development, staff scholarships for continuing education and targeted technical assistance. Professional raters visit a program to review quality standards, and program participants receive ratings by meeting an extensive list of quality benchmarks.

CNSCC is located at 108 Eastman Street, Cranford. New student registration is held each January for the following school year. For more information visit or, or call 908-272-3962.