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

The New Jersey School-Age Tuition Assistance Program can help you pay for care for your school-age child in need of child care as a result of COVID-19 remote learning schools schedules. To learn more, visit our COVID-19 Child Care page

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.

NJ Human Services Opens Grant Applications to Help Child Care Providers Meet Increased Costs Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Murphy announced a new grant called the NJ Child Care Stabilization Grant. This grant will offer providers that are open or will open by October 1, 2020 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 providers (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. For more information, visit the Grants page

Guidance for New Jersey Child Care Programs on COVID-19 Related Health and Safety Requirement Implementation
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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 Webinars

CCHC11-17-20.jpgA Zoom Webinar – Review of the Updated Health & Safety Guidance: A discussion with the Child Care Health Consultants​ 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
To RSVP – email [email protected]
This webinar is limited to 100 total participants.