The Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development has three available grants, with various application timeframes, to strengthening our economy and our workforce. 

Grants for licensed child care centers and registered family child care:
Hiring and Retention Bonus Grant (to help recruit new staff into the child care workforce and to reward and retain current staff)  
NJ ARP Stabilization Grant (to help pay for operating expenses for child care centers and family child care)

One-on-One Techincal Assistance sessions are available to help child care directors and family child care providers with the Hiring and Retention Bonus and NJ ARP Stabilization grants. To register for a one-on-one session, go to NJCCIS and search for the Event ID (found on the flyer). After registering for the course, you will receive an email with information on how to schedule your session with the consultant. 

Additional Support for Child Care Providers
NJEDA Child Care Facility Improvement Program Grant - Now Accepting Applications

The New Jersey Economic Development Authorities (NJEDA) Child Care Facility Improvement Program provides grants of $50,000 to $200,000 to New Jersey child care providers for facilities improvements that will contribute to high-quality early childhood learning environments. Child care providers may propose interior and exterior facility improvements to enhance the quality of their program and receive funding to cover the full costs of the project. Eligible applicants are center-based child care providers licensed by the Department of Children & Families as of June 4, 2021 and must have enrolled at least 1 child receiving assistance through NJ Department of Human Services’ Child Care Assistance Program. 

For more information on this grant and to apply, visit the NJEDA website


Child Care Grants Comparison Chart