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Are child care centers open? What resources or programs are available to help families with children or child care providers?

Last Updated: 05/30/2020

Currently, only child care centers that exclusively serve the children of essential workers are allowed to remain open. Parents who are essential workers as defined by the Executive Order No. 110 can visit the Division of Family Development's COVID-19 page for more information and for a list of open centers. Family child care programs are not affected by Executive Order No. 110 and continue to operate.

On June 15, child care centers and other child care facilities can resume operations for all clients. The Department of Children and Families has released safety guidelines which centers must abide by as a condition of reopening. Each child care center must submit an attestation to the Department of Children and Families no later than 24 hours prior to the anticipated opening date, or in the case of currently operating emergency child care centers, within fourteen days of the effective date of Executive Order No. 149, attesting that it will follow all applicable health and safety standards.

If you were using a child care center before the public health crisis, you should contact them to learn of their plans. If you need help finding child care, contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agency. More information for parents and child care providers is available on the Division of Family Development's COVID-19 page.

Emergency Child Care Resources for Essential Workers
New Jersey launched an Emergency Child Care Assistance Program (ECCAP) to help support child care costs of essential workers, regardless of their income. This program will come to an end in June and applications will not be accepted after June 1. Visit the Division of Family Development's Emergency Child Care page for more information.

Child Care Subsidy Program
New Jersey's Child Care Subsidy Program helps income-eligible parents pay for child care and was expanded to support New Jersey families and providers that have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19. If you need help paying for child care, you can use this calculator to see if you are likely to be eligible or visit the Division of Family Development's page for parents to learn more about this program.

Safety Grants
Up to $20 million in grants is available to help child care centers and youth camps meet health and safety guidelines in response to COVID-19. Child care centers can receive up to $5,000 to purchase additional cleaning products, personal protective equipment and other products and services. The providers must be registered with the NJ Workforce Registry and must apply through the New Jersey Child Care Information System (NJCCIS).

Resources for Child Care Providers

Information related to COVID-19 will continue to be posted on the Department of Human Services Novel Coronavirus Information page: https://nj.gov/humanservices/coronavirus.html.

Sources: https://www.childcarenj.gov/Resources/Coronavirus, https://www.nj.gov/dcf/coronavirus_licensedchildcare.html, Executive Order No. 149