Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Child care centers will be permitted to reopen, beginning on June 15. If you were using a child care center before the public health crisis, we encourage you to contact them to learn of their plans. If you need help paying for child care, you can apply for the state’s regular 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. If you need help finding child care, contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agency. For more information on updated health and safety standards for child care, visit the Department of Children and Families (DCF) website. The NJ Department of Health also has released guidance for reopening child care, this guidance document outlines public health recommendations and does not supersede requirements set forth by DCF.


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There are many types of child care and early learning providers in New Jersey.

These include:
  • Licensed Child Care Centers
  • Registered Family Child Care Homes
  • Approved Homes
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Summer Youth Camps

The Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development (DHS/DFD) is committed to increasing access to high-quality programs across the state. Providers who are interested in participating in the Child Care Subsidy Program are required to be licensed, regulated, registered or approved, meet DHS/DFD requirements to qualify for funding and are required to comply with the requirements under the federal law.

For more information on accepting child care subsidies, visit the Child Care Subsidy Program Requirements and CCDBG page.