Thriving by Three Overview

New Jersey Bill S2476 was signed into law in June 2022, establishing an infant and toddler child care grant program, known as Thriving by Three. To support this, New Jersey has committed $28 million to strengthen and increase high-quality child care services and programs for our most vulnerable young children. A total of $20 million was allocated to the Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development (DHS/DFD) and $8 million to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) to implement the Thriving by Three Grant programs, in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families, Office of Licensing (OOL).
The Thriving by Three Infant and Toddler Child Care Grant supports the development and creation of infant and toddler slots and provides technical assistance to providers for the expansion of child care spaces.
The grant for licensed child care centers and Head Start/Early Head Start programs accepted applications from March through June 2023 and the registered family child care provider grant accepted applications from November 2023 through January 2024.