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How is New Jersey supporting child care providers and families with children?
UPDATE: Beginning Wednesday, April 1, only child care centers that exclusively serve the children of essential workers will be allowed to remain open.
Child care centers that remain open must abide by new health and safety guidelines which will be released by the Department of Children and Families.
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New Jersey's Child Care Subsidy Program was expanded to support New Jersey families and providers that have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19. This includes:
- Continuing to pay child care providers for an extended period of time encouraged for those required to close by the health department, school district, or county executive related to COVID-19;
- Ensuring providers commit to clean at the highest level of disinfection cleaning during this period of time;
- Waiving parents/caregivers' child care subsidy co-payments for parents who request it due to impacts from COVID-19;
- Providing child care providers who remain open during this critical time a differential of $100 per child each month above the state reimbursed rate for children enrolled in the child care subsidy program;
- Compensating providers who remain open even if children are absent due to COVID-19;
- Giving extended time to working parents to submit verification of works hours for the initial application process;
- Extending recertification timelines for at least three months in order for child care services to remain open;
- Allowing parents or caregivers to continue their child care subsidy if their hours are reduced or if they are laid off due to COVID-19; and
- Making grants available for child care providers who participate in the child care subsidy program, including family child care providers, to clean and sanitize their facility or home; or to purchase additional supplies or services necessary to keeping centers and homes safe and sanitary
More information is available in this Policy Snapshot on "Emergency and Disaster Child Care Policy" from the Office of Child Care Operations. In addition, the Department of Health has issued guidance on COVID-19 for child care providers.
Information related to COVID-19 will continue to be posted on theDepartment of Human Services Novel Coronavirus Information page: https://nj.gov/humanservices/coronavirus.html.