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Community Coordinated Child Care

• 2 City Hall Plaza, 3rd Floor • Rahway, NJ 07065 • 973-923-1433

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The cost of child care is a major concern for most families. Most families are spending over half their income for child care. The cost of child care differs greatly in New Jersey, depending on the type of care, age of the child and location. In Union County, family child care providers generally charge between $95 - $300 per week. Private Child Care Centers base their fees on the age of the child costing from $135 - $350 per week. Community based (non-profit) child care programs may offer a sliding fee scale based on income.

The Division of Family Development (DFD) contracts with the CCR&Rs, located in each county to administer the Child Care Subsidy Program. To learn more, visit www.childcarenj.gov

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLYING

 Applicant(s)/Parents Eligibility Requirements    

  • Must be a New Jersey resident;

  • Must meet income requirements and not have assets that exceed $1 million;

  • Must be working full time, attending school full time (12 credits or more), or in job training (at least 20 hours a week)/Can be a combination of the two

  • Depending on family size and income, may have to contribute to the cost of care (co-pay).

 
Child Eligibility Requirements 

  • Up to the age of 13, or less than age 19, if under the NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency’s protective supervision or mentally or physically incapable of self-care;

  • Must be a US Citizen or qualified non-citizen; and

  • Must reside with parent(s), or legal guardian.

 
Provider Eligibility Requirements 

  • Providers must be either a licensed child care provider, a registered family child care provider, or a home or summer camp that is approved by the state; 

  • All providers must complete numerous health and safety trainings and required criminal background checks.

Applying for a Child Care Subsidy

Subsidy Programs and Downloadable Applications 

New Jersey Cares for Kids (NJCK)

New Jersey Cares for kids is a subsidy program that helps working families and Full-Time students who meet the guidelines mandates by the state, pay for a portion of their child care cost. This assistance is provided for children between the ages of 0-13 years of age and up to 19 years of age for children with special needs.  Child Care can be provided by licensed child care centers, registered family day care homes, summer day camps, school aged child care programs and care by relatives and friends.

(May have to contribute to the cost of care based on income and family size-- “Co-Pay”)

Download an NJCK application today by clicking the button below

Department of Education (DOE) Wraparound

Doe Wraparound is a subsidy program for full time working families and students of preschool children ages three and four placed by the Elizabeth or Plainfield Board of Education in Public Pre-K classrooms.  The Board of Education pays for six hours of education each school day. If eligible the subsidy pays for care before and after the education hours and pays Full-Time care for the summer months of July and August.  (May have to contribute to the cost of care based on income and family size-- “Co-Pay”)

Visit your local Board of Education in Elizabeth or Plainfield for an application

Community Care Voucher Centers (CCVC)

Community Care Voucher Center is a subsidy program that helps working families and Full-Time students who meet the guidelines mandates by the state, pay for a portion of their child care cost at designated child care centers. There are only a specific number of slots dedicated to the designated centers. This assistance is provided for children between the ages of 0-13 years of age and up to 19 years of age for children with special needs. (Must contribute to the cost of care-- “Co-Pay”)

Download a CCVC application today by clicking the button below

Kinship Care (KIN)

Adults raising a relative’s child in their home may get help paying for child care.  The adult must prove they are a family member & Guardian of the child/children and live with them.  Approval is based on the caregiver’s age, work status, income, and family size.

(May have to contribute to the cost of care based on income and family size-- “Co-Pay”)

Download a Kinship application today by clicking the button below

McKinney- Vento Homeless Assistance Act

McKinney-Vento Homeless assistance Act is a subsidy program that assists families who lack a fixed regular and adequate nighttime residence. Applicants who self-identify as being homeless or  are referred to by a service provider maybe eligible to receive a grace period for up to 6 months to establish eligibility while their child care services are being subsidized.

(May have to contribute to the cost of care based on income and family size-- “Co-Pay”)

Download a McKinney-Vento application today by clicking the button below

EXISTING APPLICANTS

Notification of Change 
 

Families that meet all eligibility requirements shall continue to be authorized for a 12-month eligibility period; however, now families shall continue receiving services if they experience one of the following approved temporary change conditions or changes in the family income (as outlined below).      

 

  • Families must continue to follow the basic program requirements for the continued receipt of child care assistance.

  • Although a family’s period of eligibility by default must be authorized for no less than 12-months, families have the option to use care based on their child care needs.  In other words, a family can voluntarily receive less than 12-months of payments for child care services if the family decides that there is a shorter period of service that more appropriately meets their needs.

  • Under no circumstances, can a family’s income exceed 85 percent of the State Medium Income (SMI) for a family of the same size and remain eligible for assistance.

 

Definition of a Temporary Change

A Temporary Change is defined as one of the following conditions and can only last up to three months:

  1. A time-limited absence from work for an employed parent for periods of family leave or medical leave;

  2. An interruption in work for a seasonal worker who is not working between regular industry work seasons;

  3. A student holiday or break for a parent participating in training or education;

  4. A reduction in work, training or education hours, as long as the parent is still working or attending a training or education program;

  5. A cessation of work or attendance at a training or education program.

If a family experiences one of the above qualifying temporary changes in circumstances during their eligibility period, they will remain eligible to receive the subsidy for three months. A family may only be granted one temporary change period once during a 12-month eligibility period. 

Change of Provider Request