COVID-19 Parent Resources

Greetings All,

 

Thank you for your continued partnership in providing the highest educational opportunity for all New Jersey students. The New Jersey Department of Education (Department) continues preparations for the next stages of school opening and hearing from every stakeholder group is a Department priority. Please find the attached parent survey the Department is cordially requesting be disseminated to any school age parent groups you reach. In order to meet the Department’s rapid timeline for reviewing responses your immediate attention to this matter is greatly appreciated. We would like to receive survey responses by Monday, June 8th.

If you have any questions please contact the Department’s Office of Civic and Social Engagement at civicandsocial@doe.nj.gov<mailto: civicandsocial@doe.nj.gov>.

Survey Link in English: NJDOE parent survey< https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/V8HZ2MQ>

Survey in Spanish: NJDOE encuesta para padres< https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/7VM29CM>

Buenas tardes,

Gracias por su asociación continua para proporcionar la más alta oportunidad educativa para todos los estudiantes de Nueva Jersey. El Departamento de Educación de Nueva Jersey (Departamento) continúa los preparativos para las próximas etapas de apertura y escuchando de cada grupo interesado es una prioridad del Departamento. Por favor, encuentre la encuesta adjunta para padres que el Departamento solicita cordialmente ser difundida a padres con hijos en edad escolar. Con el fin de cumplir con el rápido cronograma del Departamento para revisar las respuestas, su atención inmediata a este asunto es muy apreciada. Nos gustaría recibir respuestas a encuestas antes del Lunes 8 de Junio.

 

Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor póngase en contacto con la Oficina de Compromiso Cívico y Social del Departamento en civicandsocial@doe.nj.gov<mailto: civicandsocial@doe.nj.gov>.

Survey Link in English: NJDOE parent survey< https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/V8HZ2MQ>

Survey in Spanish: NJDOE encuesta para padres< https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/7VM29CM>

 

Information for Families regarding COVID-19

Recommendations-of-the-New-Jersey-Perinatal-Care-During-COVID-19-Work-Group-

WIC SERVICES DURING COVID-19

Emergency Child Care Assistance for Essential Employees Extended Through May

 

April 28, 2020 

 

(TRENTON) – Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson and Children and Families Commissioner Christine Beyer today announced the state will continue to help pay for child care for essential employees as defined in Executive Order 110 through at least the end of May.

The Murphy Administration is helping support child care costs for essential workers during the COVID-19 emergency. Commissioner Johnson and Commissioner Beyer said the per child subsidy rates for essential workers previously announced through the end of April will now continue through the end of May.

“We value the amazing efforts of all of the essential workers who are helping New Jersey through this challenging and unprecedented time, and we want to make sure they continue to have the child care resources they need.” Commissioner Johnson said. “We also thank child care workers for their hard work and commitment, which is proving more valuable than ever during this critical period.”

“Thousands of essential workers’ families are accessing safe and affordable emergency child care while they serve their state or community in vital roles during COVID-19,” Commissioner Norbut Beyer said. “Their work is crucial to New Jersey’s COVID-19 response and will be key to our recovery. DCF salutes their service and will work closely with DHS to support the continued availability of emergency child care.”

The state will continue to pay the following rates per week per child through the end of May:

Infant               $450.35

Toddler            $415.70

Preschool        $415.70

School-age      $336.00

Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 110 directed the closure of all child care centers except for those on federal property or military bases, family-based centers caring for five or fewer children and any centers that register to exclusively provide emergency child care services to essential personnel. 

Following a registration process, more than 500 childcare agencies statewide have been certified to provide emergency child care services.

Families choosing a child care center with higher rates will need to pay the balance directly to the provider, but such rates cannot exceed up to a limit of 110 percent of the rate the center charged in February 2020.

Essential employees who wish to utilize emergency care services must complete an online registration form available at www.childcarenj.gov.

The state-supported, county-based Child Care Resource and Referral agencies will reach out to those who register to assist with enrollment and placement.

The state will provide additional information regarding potential emergency child care assistance for essential workers past the end of May at a later date.

Executive Order 110 defines ‘essential’ workers as:

  • Health care workers, including staff working in health care facilities and in community-based services including home health and behavioral health;
  • Law enforcement personnel, fire and emergency services personnel, and correctional facility staff; 
  • Individuals employed at emergency child care centers operating on or after April 1, 2020;  
  • Staff working for entities that provide essential social services, including, but not limited to, group home and shelter staff; 
  • Essential government employees who are unable to work from home, including child protection services workers, child welfare workers, foster care workers, unemployment compensation processing staff, and public health employees; and,
  • Certain critical workers, as defined by the Commissioner of DCF, at essential retail businesses, as defined in Executive Order No. 107 (2020) and subsequent Administrative Orders, which includes, for example, grocery store and gas station employees.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

CV SNAP benefits-thruMay SNAP benefits extended through May

Beneficios de SNAP extendidos hasta mayo

 

Healthy Parenting Tips from WHO in 70 different languages
https://www.covid19parenting.com/tips-in-other-languages

Early Learning Policy Group, LLC Covid-19 Knowledge Hub

Emergency Child Care FAQ’s

Emergency Child Care

NEW JERSEY COVID-19 Information Hub

COVID-19 Guidance for Families

COVID-19 Guidance for Families-Spanish

FINAL Policy Snapshot – Emergency and Disaster Child Care Policy 3-18-20

NJTV in partnership with the NJEA and the New Jersey Department of Education launch a new series of on-air instruction called NJTV Learning Live. Weekdays starting this Monday, April 6th, kids can tune in to NJTV for on-air classes, taught by some of New Jersey’s finest public school teachers. Hosted by Kimberly Dickstein Hughes, recipient of the 2019-2020 State Teacher of the Year Award, on-air classes will be taught daily for Grades 3-6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on NJTV (click here to find your local channel).

COVID-19 Press Information

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

March 25, 2020                                                                                              

 

CONTACT: Alex Altman

Press Office: Governor’s Office

Email: Alexandra.Altman@nj.gov

 

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Requiring Child Care Centers Close on April 1 Unless Serving Children of Essential Workers

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 110, directing all child care centers in New Jersey to certify by Friday, March 27, that they will solely serve as emergency child care centers for the children of essential workers. Child care centers that do not certify that they can and will exclusively care for these children of essential workers must close by Wednesday, April 1.  

“Essential personnel are a vital part of our response and limiting child care to solely these individuals will assist in flattening the curve of COVID-19 cases, as well as provide our front-line workers with the critical services they need to get through this emergency,” said Governor Murphy. “A lack of child care cannot be a barrier for our essential employees, and while these workers commit themselves to our New Jersey family, we will commit ourselves to protecting their families.”  

“Safe, dependable childcare has always been a necessity for working families,” said New Jersey Department of Children and Families Commissioner Christine Norbut Beyer. “It is even more crucial now for parents working in professions deemed essential during this public health crisis.  The state’s response to, and recovery from, the Novel Coronavirus really hinges on the skills and ability of our dedicated first responders and essential personnel. We need to do all we can to help them do their jobs without the worry and distraction of losing safe childcare options.”  

“In this ongoing emergency, child care providers and staff who care for the children of essential workers are vitally important to our children and to the State’s response,” Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson said. “We thank the entire child care workforce for their dedication and commitment every day, and especially during this difficult time.”  

Among the directives, the Governor’s executive order directs:

  • The Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families, in consultation with the Commissioners of the Departments of Education, Human Services, and Health, shall implement a plan permitting access to emergency child care services for the children of “essential persons.” 

  • In order to be designated as an Emergency Child Care Center, any person or organization, requesting permission to stay open or resume operations on or after April 1, 2020, shall submit the certification form to the Commissioner of Children and Families for approval by Friday, March 27, 2020.  If the certification form demonstrates that it will provide child care services exclusively to “essential persons” during the school closure period, and that it will follow all applicable emergency child care standards, the Commissioner shall authorize it to remain open or resume operations as an emergency child care center.

  • Any child care centers, including those as defined in this executive order, that fail to timely certify shall be closed to the public as of Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and remain closed through the school closure period. Centers shall receive notice of the Commissioner of Children and Families’ certification decision by Monday, March 30, 2020.   

  • Child care centers, for purposes of this order, include entities providing care on a regular basis for children aged 0-13, including licensed child care centers. 

  • For purposes of this order, essential persons shall include, but not be limited to: 1) Health care workers, including staff working in health care facilities and in community-based services including home health and behavioral health; 2) law enforcement personnel, fire and emergency services personnel, and staff at correctional facilities; 3) individuals employed at emergency child care centers operating on or after April 1, 2020; 4) staff working for entities that provide essential social services, including, but not limited to, group home and shelter staff; 5) essential government employees who are unable to work from home, including child protection services workers, child welfare workers, foster care workers, unemployment compensation processing staff, and public health employees; and 6) certain critical workers, as defined by the Commissioner of DCF, at essential retail businesses, as defined in Executive Order No. 107 (2020) and subsequent Administrative Orders. The Commissioner of DCF shall have the authority to make changes to this list. 

The order will take effect immediately.  

For a copy of Executive Order No. 110, click here.

To access the form for Child Care Centers, click here.

Executive Order #100 FAQ’s

Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #107