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The state’s child care program can support you with information about applying for child care assistance, licensing information, a search to find child care and inspection reports and information on what makes a quality program.

Grow NJ Kids is a state-sponsored initiative to raise the quality of child care and early learning throughout New Jersey. Grow NJ Kids gives child care and early learning programs resources to assess and improve their programs, while providing parents with information that allows them to evaluate the quality of programs and make the best choices for their child. The goal is to create a system that encourages ongoing improvement.

To find child care providers in your area, or to view Inspection Reports for a provider, enter that name of the provider or choose your search filters and when you are ready, just click “Search” to begin. Our search delivers real-time results, so please be patient.

The Office of Head Start (OHS) administers grant funding and oversight to the 1,600 agencies that provide Head Start services in communities across the country. OHS also provides federal policy direction and a training and technical assistance (TTA) system to help grant recipients in providing comprehensive services to eligible young children and their families.

a statewide initiative to gather and transform the personal accounts of New Jersey residents, especially those who have faced increased marginalization or greater risk as a result of the pandemic, into the building blocks of a more resilient, compassionate and Healthy New Jersey.

New Jersey e-Child Care (ECC) Interactive Voice Response (IVR)

Child Care Subsidy Program IVR Parent Notice

ECC IVR Contact Update Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Parent Quick Reference Guide



Child Care School Age Tuition Assistance

Child Care School Age Tuition Assistance (Spanish)


Books, Balls, & Blocks!

Come join us in an interactive conversation on how you can track your child’s milestones from 2 months to 5 years old, by using the parent friendly tool, “Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3).” You will be able to set an appointment with the Family Engagement Specialist (FES) via ZOOM, then as a follow up:

  • Receive a Developmental Bag (Educational & Fun toys!)
  • Receive assistance with completing the ASQ FREE
  • Discuss concerns, share screening results within minutes, and receive resources /referrals for further evaluation, if needed.

*Developmental Screenings are done for children who are not already receiving services.*


Parent Cafés 

Parents, neighbors and community members join us in meaningful conversations that strengthen families. We will be sharing 4Cs updates and cover the importance of completing an Ages and Stages Questionnaire for your children who are not already receiving services ages 0-5. You will learn about local services in your community and may also virtually meet the Experts/Specialists.

For more information on dates and times to join us for these innovative and educational resources, kindly contact Kayra Aponte our Family Engagement Specialist at 973-684-1904 extension 276.


There is a free-online course entitled Everyday Parenting: The ABCs of Child Rearing.  (ABCs stand for antecedents, behaviors, and consequences.)  The course is a produced by Yale University and Coursera and is designed to provide concrete tools to help parents with the normal challenges of childrearing.  I provide 20+ plus sessions on many different techniques and how they can be used in the home and at school.


A sample session (9-minute on the special way to use praise) is available on YouTube:

Please note the course is free by clicking on Audit once into the site for the full course.  Audit provides all of the video sessions on the parenting techniques.  A payment option is provided and that allows access to quizzes to assess mastery of the sessions and at the end, a certificate that indicates mastery.  Coursera has a fee of $49 fee if you want that certificate.  Yet, it is important to reiterate that by clicking Audit you receive all the sessions and there is no charge for that at all.

In addition, I have a new website that is designed to help with parenting.  The site provides articles, videos, and more to serve as a resource on childrearing topics.  The site includes sections for parents and professionals and multiple articles on topics that emerge in parenting (e.g., see Blogs for articles).




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 Guidance for Family’s

COVID-19 Guidance for Family’s-Spanish



Print or Download Child Care Subsidy Application (English and Spanish)
Child Care Subsidy Notification of Change Form

Head Start Application

Family Services


The New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children is commonly known as WIC. WIC is a successful public health nutrition program that provides wholesome food, nutrition education and community support for income eligible women who are pregnant and post-partum, infants and children up to five years old.

Head Start

NJ SNAP (Formerly Food Stamps)

SNAP-Fight Lead with Nutrition
Are You Experiencing Homelessness and Need Child Care?
Child Care Subsidy Program Parent Handbook (English)
Child Care Subsidy Program Parent Handbook (Spanish)
NJ Helps
Family Care
NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development
The Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern New Jersey
Early Intervention Services
Special Care Policy, Prioritizing Children with Special Needs in Child Care
Ages & Stages Questionnaire-Keep track of your child’s development
Home Visitation Services
Child Care Aware of New Jersey
Child Care Aware of America
Child Care in State of NJ
Grow NJ Kids
Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
SPAN- Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
New Jersey Family Child Care Providers Association (NJFCCPA)
Save the Children
State Earned Income Tax Credit


The goal of National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment is to ensure that school-age children in families of low income have increased access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning experiences that contribute to their overall development and academic achievement.

Link to NCASE Resources:

Give your child a great start in life today—and an even better future. Vroom provides tools highlighting    the science behind early brain development and empowering parents to turn everyday activities, like bath time and mealtime, into brain building moments for children.


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Vroom believes all parents want what’s best for their children. So we joined with scientists, researchers, and parents to take the science out of the lab and put it in the hands of caregivers. Vroom provides science-based tips and tools to inspire families to turn shared, everyday moments into Brain Building Moments®.

Link to #Vroom4TheFuture Partnership program with ChildCare Aware:

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) works with a national network of more than 400 child care resource and referral (CCR&Rs) agencies and other partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. CCAoA leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, conducts research, and advocates for child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. CCAoA also provides child care assistance for military families through Fee Assistance and Respite Child Care Programs that have served more than 150,000 families and worked with more than 60,000 child care providers over nearly two decades.


Ready4K! to sign up for kindergarten. Text “Ready4K” to 313131. For more information, go to