General Information

Guidance for Parents

If you need help paying for child care, you can apply for the state’s Child Care Subsidy Program. To give you a sense of whether you would be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy Program, the income maximum for a family of four is $52,400 annually. Use our calculator to see if you are likely to be eligible. If you need help finding child care, 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

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

Governor Murphy’s signing of Executive Order No. 149 reopened child care centers in the state of New Jersey beginning June 15. 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. The NJ Department of Health also has released guidance for reopening child care, this guidance document outlines public health recommendations and does not supersede requirements set forth by DCF.

Guidance for New Jersey Child Care Programs on COVID-19 Related Health and Safety Requirement Implementation
Download the PDF | Watch the Video | Additional Resources

This implementation guide was created by the Department of Human Services in collaboration with the Child Care Health Consultants, Department of Children and Families and other key stakeholders. The purpose of this implementation guide is to provide additional information, resources, and support related to the health and safety requirements. Note that the guidance in this document 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. The PDF posted here will be updated as necessary.

Quality Initiatives Funded Through DHS/DFD

CCResources6-20.pngIf 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

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. 

Upcoming National Webinar: An Overview of the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Opportunities for Child Care Centers
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This webinar will provide an overview of the business resources in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA), which was enacted on December 27, 2020. CRRSA appropriates funds to help small businesses, including minority-owned businesses and nonprofit organizations, recover from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic through the continuation of an improved version of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and other supports.
This webinar will provide basic information to help child care center owners and directors access PPP and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). PPP provides loan opportunities for eligible small businesses, including child care businesses. EIDLs provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, center owners and directors will receive help in identifying supports that best meet their specific needs and in applying for those supports. This webinar will address child care-specific business requirements for each program and the application process. Resources will be shared.
Webinar Topics
  • How to determine eligibility
  • Where to apply and how to overcome any barriers
  • How to fill out the application form
  • What the money can be used for
  • The tax benefits of applying for the forgivable loan 

Who Should Attend
The webinar will benefit child care business owners and directors. It will also benefit the consultants and agencies providing direct technical assistance supports to child care centers applying for these funds.
How To Register
You can register for the webinar via this registration web link.


Upcoming Webinars


A Zoom Webinar – Review of the Updated Health & Safety Guidance: A discussion with the Child Care Health Consultants​ 
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
To RSVP – email [email protected]
This webinar is limited to 100 total participants.


A Zoom Webinar – Immunization News & Resources for Child Care
Thursday, January 21, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
No RSVP required, just click here to join the webinar. 
This webinar is limited to 100 total participants.