Summer Youth Camps

Summer Youth Camps - NJ Child Care Subsidy Program Requirements 

The federal Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization Act of 2014 increases the health and safety requirements for all child care and early learning settings that accept child care subsidies, including youth camps. These changes include such provisions as pre-service trainings, comprehensive criminal background checks, written policies and procedures, and monitoring.
Youth camps interested in participating in the Child Care Subsidy Program will be required to register through New Jersey’s Child Care Information System (NJCCIS), which includes the NJ Workforce Registry. 
In addition, to receive child care subsidy payments through the Division of Family Development, you must comply with the requirements below.

How to Register
To register as a summer youth camp, you must create an account for the New Jersey Child Care Information System at Opens in new window. The following documents are required with your application:
  • Proof of Liability Insurance
  • Current Fire Certificate
  • Letters of Approval or Certificate of Occupancy issued by the appropriate local authority (new camps/programs only)
  • Final Department of Health (DOH) Certificate of Approval to Operate a Youth Camp (8:25 Youth Camp Safety Act Standards)
Pre-Service Health and Safety Training Requirements
All youth camps staff must complete the following health and safety pre-service trainings. 
Required trainings include:
  • NJ Health, Safety and Child Growth and Development: Basic Requirement for Licensing
  • Identifying Child Abuse and Neglect - Mandated Reporting
  • First Aid and CPR Training (staff/providers may be required to maintain certification to meet Office of Licensing requirements and regulations)
For more information and for links to take these required trainings, visit our Provider Training page. 
Comprehensive Criminal Background Checks
All youth camp staff members are subject to comprehensive criminal background checks. Staff members include:
  • Any individual employed by a child care provider for compensation
  • Any individual whose activities involve the care or supervision of children for a child care provider
  • Any individual who has unsupervised access to children who are cared for or supervised by a child care provider 
Monitoring and Inspection
Federal law requires on-site monitoring and inspection. Youth camps receiving funds through the NJ Child Care Subsidy Program will undergo an on-site inspection by the NJ Department of Health (DOH), which will consist of an on-site facility inspection and document review. 
On-Site Facility Inspection:
Reviews compliance with Youth Camp Safety Standards (N.J.A.C. 8:25), including:
  • Comprehensive Criminal Background Checks, including a Sex Offender Registry Check
  • Group size and ratio standards
 Document Review of:
  • Health director certification credentials
  • Current fire certification
  • Proof of camp liability insurance
  • Immunizations or medical exemption policy
  • Emergency/disaster policy and procedures (including evacuation, lock down and natural disaster)
  • Pre-operational staff training policies and procedures related to child abuse and neglect reporting requirements
  • Transportation policies
  • Health program policies and associated procedures
  • Medical policies on treatment of illness, injuries, prevention and infectious disease control, and medication administration
  • Immunization policies
  • Disciplinary policies
  • Standard procedures for daily health surveillance
  • Standard procedures for lifeguard and bather check requirements
  • Emergency procedures, including emergency evacuation fire drills