Guidance for Parents

As part of the COVID-19 emergency, the state launched an Emergency Child Care Assistance Program (ECCAP) to help support child care costs of essential workers regardless of income. 

This program is now closed. 

Child care centers will be 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

Following Governor Murphy’s signing of Executive Order No. 149, which will reopen childcare 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 Department of Human Services, Division of Family (DHS/DFD) is making grants immediately available to support New Jersey child care centers and summer youth camps. The grant is intended to assist providers in obtaining items they may need to meet the new health and safety guidelines. Items can include, but are not limited to, personal protection equipment (masks and gloves), thermometers, cleaning products and deep cleaning services to lessen the impact of the spread of an infectious disease, such as the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVIDÔÇÉ19). To learn more about the grant, visit the Grants page.

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