COVID-19 Child Care

The state will be extending several COVID-19-related child care assistance programs for families and providers through the end of June 2021. 

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 June 30, 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 $53,000 annually. Use our calculator Opens in new window to see if you are likely to be eligible or visit our parent page Opens in new window to learn more about this program. If you need help finding child care, contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral Opens in new window (CCR&R) Agency.



Child Care Payments Based on Enrollment

The Division of Family Development is extending the COVID-19 child care subsidy enrollment-based payment through December 31, 2021. This means tracking child care attendance via swipe cards or phone calls will continue to be on hold and child care providers will continue to be paid based on the number of enrolled children who receive state assistance in their program, rather than attendance. Parents do not need to check their child in and out of care. 

Child Care Subsidy Program - Expanded Care 

As part of this initiative, the state will pay your licensed or registered child care provider through June 30, 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 month for full-time care per subsidy-eligible child or $150 per month for part-time care per subsidy eligible child through June 30, 2021. This includes infants, toddlers, and school-age children.


Additional resources are available on our Coronavirus page

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