How the NJ Child Care Subsidy Program Works

The purpose of the subsidy is to provide financial assistance on behalf of the child for eligible families. The Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agency establishes a parent and a provider agreement which outlines each person's responsibilities and obligation. The agreement must be signed by both the parent and provider and authorized by the CCR&Rs for the period of child care service.

New Jersey's Child Care Subsidy Assistance Program uses an electronic attendance and payment system called e-Child Care (ECC), which requires parents to use either a swipe card or the phone to check their child in and out of care.

Child Care Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Families:

  • Must meet income requirements and not have assets that exceed $1 million
  • Must be working full time (30 hours or more), attending school full time (12 credits or more), or in job training (at least 20 hours a week)
  • Must contribute to cost of care (Co-Pay)

Eligible Child:

  • Up to the age of 13 or less than 19 if under the Division of Protection and Permanency Child Protective supervision or mentally or physically incapable of self-care
  • U.S. Citizen or qualified legal alien

How to apply

The Division of Family Development (DFD) contracts with the CCR&Rs, located in each county to administer the Child Care Subsidy Assistance Program.

To learn more about 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 CCR&R.

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