The New Jersey Department of Children and Families released specific operating guidance for centers in order to preserve the health and safety of children, staff and the families being served. For more information on updated health and safety standards for child care, visit the Department of Children and Families website. The NJ Department of Health also has released guidance for child care, this guidance outlines public health recommendations and does not supersede requirements set forth by DCF. Additional information is available on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page.

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 (In-Home and Family, Friend and Neighbor Providers)
  • 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 Opens in new window.

For more information on accepting child care subsidies, visit the Child Care Assistance Program page



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