General Information

Guidance for Parents

Child care centers were permitted to reopen, beginning on June 15. If you were using a child care center before the public health crisis, we encourage you to contact them to learn of their plans. If you need help paying for child care, you can apply for the state’s regular 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.

The NJ Health and Safety, Cleaning and Sanitizing Grant Program ended on August 28, 2020.
A new grant program called the NJ Child Care Stabilization Grant was announced by Governor Murphy on August 28th.  This grant will offer providers that are open or will open by October 1st with stabilization grants to manage added operational costs due to new COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. This grant will be available to nearly 6,000 licensed child care centers and registered family child care homes in New Jersey. Grant money will help cover increased COVID-19 related costs, such as purchasing PPE and other supplies and materials, cleaning and sanitation and other operational needs related to COVID-19. 

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. 

Federal Funding Opportunities

FEMA Public Assistance Grant

FEMA may provide funding to eligible applicants for costs related to emergency protective measures conducted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency protective measures are activities conducted to address immediate threats to life, public health, and safety. Eligible Applicants may submit funding requests to the Recipient and FEMA through the Public Assistance Grants Portal. View the FEMA Public Assistance Grant - Federal Funding Opportunity Information and Resources sheet for specific details. To learn more about the FEMA Public Assistance grant, view the slides from the Orientation Session here. There are additional tutorials available on the FEMA PA Grants Portal YouTube page or for more information visit the How to Apply page