NJ Warming Centers

Code Blue notifications and resources change quickly. Text NJCODEBLUE to 898-211 or click "read more" to access current activations and warming centers.

Affordable Child Care

The New Jersey Department of Children and Families has created a searchable online database.  The Licensed Child Care Center Explorer provides access to up-to-date information regarding the safety, health, and regulatory compliance of nearly 4,000 licensed child care centers in New Jersey.

Rainbow Hands

When visiting a child care center, parents should ask plenty of questions about the center’s policies and procedures. The New Jersey Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies provides helpful tips for choosing childcare. They also provide information about financial assistance.

Parents can discuss child care options and financial assistance at their county’s child care resource and referral agencies.

Child Care Subsidy

The Child Care Subsidy program provides low and moderate-income working parents with state subsidies for child care, including preschool instruction, after-school programs for children up to age 13, and care for children and teens with special needs. Parents must be New Jersey residents and must work a minimum of 30 hours per week or be enrolled in a school/training program for a minimum of 20 hours. Families must meet income requirements and not have assets that exceed 1 million dollars.  Additional information can be found in their brochure (English/Spanish). To learn more about these state subsidies, or for help in finding quality child care, call the Child Care Helpline at 1-800-332-9227 or contact your county's Referral Agency.

WorkFirst New Jersey

Children whose families receive cash assistance under the state welfare program, WorkFirst NJ, are entitled to free childcare. Former WorkFirst NJ participants receive subsidized child care for up to two years after moving from welfare to work. Those clients make a small co-payment which varies based on family size and income

New Jersey Cares for Kids Program

Children Learning

The New Jersey Cares for Kids program provides childcare subsidies for working families in Monmouth County to assist them in paying for child care for children from birth up to age thirteen and for children with special needs up to age nineteen. For the full eligibility guidelines and applications are available online.  

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