The NJ American Rescue Plan (ARP) Stabilization Grant is no longer accepting applications. 

Grant Background

In response to the urgent need to stabilize the child care sector, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act included approximately $400 million for New Jersey child care stabilization grants. The funds were designed to stabilize the child care sector and to do so in a way that rebuilds a stronger child care system that supports the developmental and learning needs of children, meets parents’ needs and supports a professional workforce that is fairly and appropriately compensated for the essential skilled work that they do. 

Providers may use grant funds across six categories of allowable expenses to cover costs. Expense categories include the following allowable expenses: personnel costs, rent, utilities, and insurance, facility maintenance and improvements, personnel protective equipment, cleaning, and other health and safety practices, equipment and supplies, goods and services, and mental health supports.

Use of Funds Extension Notice

DHS/DFD recognizes child care providers are still dealing with the aftermath of COVID-19 and may need to use ARP Stabilization Grant funds for operational expenses beyond August 31, 2023.  DHS/DFD is authorizing providers to cover approved operating expenses through December 31, 2023 to support continuous operations. This means providers can charge operational expenses beyond August 31, 2023 and use ARP Stabilization Grants, consistent with the purpose of the stabilization grant across the six categories. ARP Stabilization Grant funds can now cover operational expenses from September 2021 – December 31, 2023. 

Grant Award Amounts

Licensed Child Care Centers

  Licensed Capacity  

  Initial Payment  

  Final Payment  

  Additional Funds  

  Total Grant Award  

Under 50















Family Child Care Providers

  Initial Payment  

  Final Payment  

  Additional Funds  

  Total Grant Award  








Where can I get assistance if I need help or have more questions?

Frequently Asked Questions Page

For NJCCIS account questions, including questions about passwords, contact: 
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: 1-800-332-6512

For general questions about this grant, contact:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-609-588-2300