Child Care centers that care for six or more children must be licensed by the New Jersey Office of Licensing (OOL). OOL inspects centers before they receive a license to operate. The license ensures that basic health and safety guidelines are met.


e-Child Care

Providers caring for children on a subsidy program (ex: Work First or NJ Cares for Kids) are paid through the E-Child Care system. Click here e-Child Care for important information.

Maximum Child Care Payment Rates           
The State of New Jersey pays tuition for children in subsidy programs to child care centers. To find out how much child care centers are paid, click here




Child care centers and afterschool programs can become accredited. This means that they have met higher-quality standards. Some areas where they have met higher standards include staff to child ratios, curriculum environment and staff qualifications.


Child care centers who want to learn more about accreditation can contact:


Afterschool programs wishing to seek accreditation can contact:


Professional Impact New Jersey helps centers looking to seek accreditation. For information call 908-737-4240 or visit


Professional Development

CCCC provides trainings for staff working in child care centers. Workshops and courses allow staff to obtain the needed training hours required by the OOL and NJ Registry. To learn what workshops are being offered or to register for a workshop click the link below.


Professional Development

Also, providers looking to join a professional development organization that can provide resources and support, such as New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children, should check out theProvider Resources section of our website.



NJ First Steps a Statewide Infant/Toddler Initiative

This program assists child care center directors improve the quality of care in their infant toddler programs. It is open to centers in Union, Middlesex, Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The program offers free workshops, which are listed in our training calendar. For more information call

973-923-1433 Ext. 108. To download a brochure click here NJ First Steps.


NJ Registry

The NJ Registry is an on-line database that helps early childhood providers keep track of their training hours. This program provides access to many programs such as:

  • The CDA Direct Assessment Financial Assistance Program
  • Program Administrator Access
  • Office of Licensing Group Teacher, Head Teacher, and School-Age Program Supervisor approvals
  • NJ Administrator's Credential
  • NJ Infant Toddler Credential
  • Accreditation programs

For more information call 908-737-4293 or visit


How to Start a Child Care Center

Are you interested in starting a child care center in New Jersey? The State of NJ Department of Human Services offers practical steps for Starting a Child Care Business. NJ First Steps also has a brochure for Starting a Child Care Business. Taking Those First Steps: Establishing a Child Care Center That Serves Infants and Toddlers


UCEDC Small Business Loans

Registered family child care providers may qualify for short-term financing from UECEDC. Funds may be used for supplies or equipment; staff training or conferences; health and safety needs; specialized curriculum, such as High Scope; expansions or renovations to non-leased property. Information is available at (under Loans, click “Loan Products”).



On-Line Provider Services

Coming Soon! Providers will be able to update basic information such as phone number, program hours, address, or change in fees. To log in click here On-Line Provider Services.





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