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General Information

Guidance for Parents

For specific infomation about COVID-19 as it relates the Child Care Assistance Program, please visit out COVID-19 Child Care page.

If you need help paying for child care, you can apply for the state’s Child Care Assistance Program. To give you a sense of whether you would be eligible, the income maximum for a family of four is $55,500 annually. Use our calculator to see if you are likely to be eligible. If you need help finding child care, visit our child care search page or contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agency. For more information on updated health and safety standards for child care, visit the Department of Children and Families website Opens in new window

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act provides many sources of direct and indirect financial relief for families with low incomes. This factsheet provides information for child care programs and partner organizations about different ARP Act financial sources and the steps that providers and families can take to access each source. Download the Factsheet


Guidance for Children

You know your children best. Let their questions be your guide as to how much information to provide. However, don’t avoid giving them the information that health experts identify as critical to ensuring your children’s health. Be patient; children and youth do not always talk about their concerns readily. Watch for clues that they may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes or yard work. It is very typical for younger children to ask a few questions, return to playing, then come back to ask more questions.   

Guidance for Providers

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 Opens in new window

The NJ Department of Health has released updated guidance for operating child care programs, this guidance document Opens in new window outlines public health recommendations and does not supersede requirements set forth by DCF. More resources for licensed child care centers is available on the DCF website

Resources for COVID-19 Related Health and Safety Requirement Implementation
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Topics include mental health and social-emotional resources, face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, sanitizing surfaces, infection spread, using gloves, diapering and changing, and self-care for providers. Note that this guidance does not supersede New Jersey state requirements, but instead provides best practices for implementation. There are frequent updates to health and safety guidelines and regulations regarding COVID-19.

Quality Initiatives Funded Through DHS/DFD

Click for informational flyer for Covid-19 Resources and Support in New Jersey If you are providing child care services during this time, you are not alone! Support and resources are available through the joint efforts of the following organizations:

  • Social-Emotional Health Resources from Montclair State University
  • Heath and Safety Resources from Central Jersey Family Health Consortium  
  • Resource for School-Age Providers from NJSACC The Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities

 See the flyer for full details on how to access these initiatives Opens in new window.

NJ Health and Safety Videos and Resources

National Webinars and Resources

There are many national resources available to support best practices on implementing care in response to COVID-19.  Please visit the links below for more information. 


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