Federal law changes require ALL providers to meet new health and safety standards.
The federal Child Care Development Block Grant Reauthorization Act of 2014 had two overall goals: giving working parents access to affordable, accessible child care, and encouraging the development of quality child care and early learning programs that ultimately will help children to grow up to be emotionally and socially healthy and meet with success at school.
These changes, which apply to all child care/early learning programs that accept child care subsidies, also more clearly define health and safety requirements. For example, the law expands who must be fingerprinted, what kinds of child care programs must be inspected, and monitored and requires that all child care programs must participate in health and safety training. The law also says that child care policy and information about child care choices must be available to families in language that is easy to understand and access. In addition to other general information about child care, that means you can find out about a child care program's license and whether any complaints have been filed.
If you would like more information about these federal changes, click here.
The Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development (DHS/DFD) is committed to increasing access to high-quality programs. Providers who are interested in participating in the Child Care Subsidy Program are required to be licensed, regulated, registered or approved and meet DHS/DFD requirements to qualify for funding. In addition, all providers are required to comply with but not limited to the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization Act of November 2014 health and safety requirements intended to ensure basic protections for children.
There are many types of child care and early learning providers in New Jersey.
- Center-based child care
- Family child care
- Home-based or in-home child care
- Summer day camps
Please refer to the links to get the information you need to participate in the program and meet the provider requirements.