The state will be extending several COVID-19-related child care assistance programs for families and providers through the end of January. The programs are funded through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. Newly signed federal legislation extends the December deadline for these funds, providing an opportunity to extend our child care initiatives through January.


School-Age Tuition Assistance Program

As part of the public health emergency, the state launched the New Jersey School-Age Tuition Assistance Program to help families pay for care for their school-age child in need of child care as a result of COVID-19 remote learning schools schedules. 

For families who have been approved for School-Age Tuition Assistance, payments for your child’s care will now continue through January 31, 2021. No new applications are being accepted.

If you need help paying for child care, you can apply for the state’s Child Care Subsidy Program. To give you a sense of whether you would be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy Program, the income maximum for a family of four is $52,400 annually. Use our calculator to see if you are likely to be eligible or visit our parent page to learn more about this program. If you need help finding child care, contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agency.


Child Care Subsidy Program - Expanded Care 

As part of this initiative, the state will pay your licensed or registered child care provider through January 31, 2021 for child care during the school day. To be eligible for this assistance, your child must be attending school remotely, either part-time or full-time. You do not have to do anything to receive this expanded care as Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&R) have reached out to eligible families. If you have not been contacted, you can reach out to your local CCR&R for assistance. 

Supplemental Payment for Subsidy Providers

To support the reopening and sustainability of child care providers that are serving children receiving the state child care subsidy, the state will provide supplemental payments of $300 per subsidy-eligible child, per month, starting through January 31, 2021. This includes infants, toddlers, and school-age children. Providers will be receiving information shortly regarding these supplemental payments.


Additional resources are available on our Coronavirus page