Child Care Aware of New Jersey is open and working to support families statewide as families seek and obtain child care in order to return to work or remain employed.CCR&Rs: Supporting Families & Providers During COVID-19
Download CCANJ's full infographic about CCR&R services and COVID-19's economic impact on families here.
NEW! COVID-19 Child Care Initiatives Extended
Enrollment-based Payment: DFD will continue to pay providers based on enrollment rather than attendance through December 31, 2021.
Full-Time Child Care Assistance for School Age: The Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development (DFD) will continue to pay for children approved for full-time care through the NJ Child Care Subsidy Program due to remote learning through June 30, 2021.
Child Care Tuition Assistance for School-Age Children: The extension will happen automatically for approved families currently enrolled in your program and who continue to need child care while their child (5-13 years old) attends remote learning through June 30, 2021. Payment for child care services will be issued directly to providers. Providers can now view their Tuition Assistance payment record on NJCCIS at: https://njccis.com/njccis/home
Supplemental Payments: DFD will issue an additional supplemental payment of $300 per subsidy-eligible child for full-time care, or $150 for part-time care per subsidy eligible child through June, including infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children enrolled in your program.
Should you have any questions, please contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency. For questions related to Child Care Tuition Assistance for School-Age Children, please visit https://njccis.com/njccis/home.
Dept. of Children and Families & Dept. of Human Services, Division of Family Development
Guidance for Child Care During COVID-19
New Jersey Department of Health
NJ Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development
Division of Unemployment Insurance
Have questions about COVID-19?
Use the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub to find quick answers to questions such as
State announcements, services, and assistance are available through the COVID-19 hub. Try it!
Child Care Provider Resources
Podcasts from the Committee for Economic Development (CED), April 16, 2020
The are many new financing options available to support child care programs. However, it can be confusing to know which path might be the best for you. The podcasts below help every child care program understand the options available and key questions to consider.
Small Business Relief for Child Care Providers
For the latest information on small business relief, make sure to check out the following resources from Child Care Aware of New Jersey:
Small Business Administration Help
Need Help Reviewing Business Options?
Helping Family Child Care to Thrive Through the Public Health Crisis and Beyond
In January 2020, there were 1,486 registered family child care providers in New Jersey. In May, Child Care Aware of New Jersey and the New Jersey Family Child Care Providers Association conducted a survey to better understand the family child care home landscape and providers' needs for re-opening.
COVID-19 Impact. Among the 1,014 family child care providers who responded to the survey, 346 closed due to the pandemic (218 responded in English and 128 responded in Spanish). Two-thirds of survey respondents indicated they have remained open and reported this was out of necessity - her own income and economic well-being, and families have been counting on her.
The number of registered family child care programs in New Jersey has been declining over the past decade. As the state looks to re-open businesses and services to jumpstart recovery, working parents will need access to child care. With parent anxiety high related to potential COVID-19 exposure, there could be a shift in parent preferences for the smaller child care settings offered in neighborhood family child care homes. Both open and temporarily closed family child care providers will need meaningful support to welcome children and keep everyone (including themselves) healthy and well.
New Jersey Family Child Care Home Provider Survey Results
Talking About COVID-19 with Children (CDC Suggestions)
Need Help with Rent Payments?
Recent CDC Guidance
Health Insurance Resources
The American Rescue Plan makes health care coverage more affordable! If you do not currently have health insurance or, have health insurance through Get Covered New Jersey, you may be able to get free or greatly reduced cost health coverage. Read our one pager to learn more!