Dear Child Care Provider,

We are excited to announce the reopening of the $1,000 Hiring and Retention Bonus Grant application. The application will be available from Monday, April 11 through Friday, May 6. This grant is available to:

  • Staff who were hired after you applied for the Hiring and Retention Bonus Grant that was available from November 2021 – January 31, 2022, or

  • Staff who did not receive, but were eligible to receive, the November 2021 – January 2022 Hiring and Retention Bonus Grant.                                                                                               

Staff who have already received $1,000 are NOT eligible for a second $1,000 at this time. We will be launching a second phase of these grants in the fall/winter 2022.

Eligibility

If you are a child care center provider, your program may be eligible for these grants if you are:

  • open and operating a licensed child care center;

  • in compliance with federal Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) health and safety requirements (criminal background check and health and safety trainings);

  • in good standing with New Jersey’s Licensing, Manual of Requirements; and

  • open and operating at time of application.

 

 Child care center staff are eligible for a $1,000 bonus, if they:

  • make $50,000 or less a year;

  • are responsible for directly working with children (care, supervision or instructing);

  • are registered in the Workforce Registry through NJCCIS (New Jersey Child Care Information System); and

  • did not receive the initial $1,000 bonus.

 

Family child care providers may be eligible, if you are:

  • a registered Family Child Care Provider;

  • in compliance with federal Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) health and safety requirements (criminal background check and health and safety trainings);

  • in good standing with New Jersey’s Registration, Manual of Requirements;

  • make $50,000 or less a year;

  • open and operating at time of application;

  • have children enrolled; and

  • did not receive the initial $1,000 bonus.

 

For more information on New Jersey’s $1,000 Hiring and Retention Bonus Grant, visit www.ChildCareNJ.gov