How to Apply

As so many families know, child care costs can take up a lot of the monthly budget. The Child Care Subsidy Program can help lower-income families who are working, in training or in school, or a combination of these activities to pay a portion of their child care.
If you are thinking about or are applying for a child care subsidy, here’s what you need to know.
Applying for a Child Care Subsidy

As an applicant/parent seeking a child care subsidy, you will be required to provide proof of income, training/school hours and household size to help determine eligibility. All required documents must be submitted to be considered for a subsidy.
Applicant(s)/Parents Eligibility Requirements                                                                                         

  • Must be a New Jersey resident;
  • Must meet income requirements and not have assets that exceed $1 million;
  • Must be working full time (30 hours or more a week), attending school full time (12 credits or more), or in job training (at least 20 hours a week); and
  • Depending on family size and income, may have to contribute to the cost of care (co-pay).
Child Eligibility Requirements
  • Up to the age of 13, or less than age 19, if under the NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency’s protective supervision or mentally or physically incapable of self-care;
  • Must be a US Citizen or qualified non-citizen; and
  • Must reside with parent(s), or individual(s) acting as parent(s) (in loco parentis).
Provider Eligibility Requirements
  • Providers must be either a licensed child care provider, a registered family child care provider, or a home or summer camp that is approved by the state; and
  • All providers must complete numerous health and safety trainings and required criminal background checks.

Completing and Submitting an Application

To get started, you must first complete, sign and submit an application with the required documents to the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency in your county.

For more information see the parent brochure: English / En Español



The Division of Family Development (DFD) contracts with the CCR&Rs, located in each county to administer the Child Care Subsidy Program.

To learn more about state subsidies, or for help in finding quality child care, call the Child Care Helpline at 1-800-332-9227 or contact your county's CCR&R.

Parent Brochure
(for before you apply for a subsidy) Parent Handbook
(for if you've been approved for a subsidy) Application Documents in English En Español Additional Forms Other Information