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New Jersey Child Care Grants, Programs and Services

Whether you are looking to start a child care program in New Jersey or are a seasoned owner, there are many resources available to help fund your programs. Each state has a primary agency or organization responsible for subsidizing child care programs. They partner with local child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies and shared services organizations to raise awareness of grant opportunities and support the distribution of funding. They also provide additional programs and services to help you run your business. 

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New Jersey Child Care Grants, Programs and Services 

Primary State Agency (Child Care Development Fund)

This primary agency oversees early care and education programs and services in New Jersey, and they are responsible for subsidizing child care programs from federal and state child care grants. Visit the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R Agency)

Child Care Resource & Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) are another great resource for assisting child care providers with available grants and funding and other resources. Find your local CCR&R.

NAEYC Regional Affiliates

Join your local NAEYC affiliate to connect with professionals in your community at conferences, networking events, leadership opportunities, advocacy efforts and more. Visit: New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children (NJAEYC)

Champions of Mixed Delivery Monthly Call

The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) and National Child Care Association (NCCA) and are partnering to offer Champions of Mixed Delivery, a series of monthly check-in calls to share and receive updates about key proposals, coordinate messaging and talking points and share resources for advocacy. View dates and register for a call here.

New Jersey Child Care Licensing Requirements

Learn more about child care licensing requirements in New Jersey.   

Learn more about New Jersey early learning standards

New Jersey Early Childhood Education Quality Ratings, Curriculum and Assessments

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) 

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. Many states require these quality standards in order to receive grants and additional funding. Learn more at Grow NJ Kids.

State-Aligned Curriculum

Feel confident knowing your curriculum aligns to your state standards. Procare Early Learning by Learning Beyond Paper provides a 100% digital curriculum and assessments addressing the needs of child care centers, daycares, preschools and early learning teachers.


Simplify the assessment process and meet New Jersey state standards with a unique early childhood assessment framework that makes clarity a key strength of your child care center’s assessments and communications.

Average Cost of Child Care in New Jersey

Understanding the cost of child care in New Jersey is important for both parents and child care providers. 

Annual Child Care Costs in New Jersey
A year of infant care at a child care center in New Jersey costs families an average of $17,460.

Child Care Affordability in New Jersey

The median household in the Garden State allocates nearly 12% of its total annual income to child care tuition for an infant in center-based care.

More Information on New Jersey Child Care

New Jersey is one of the smallest and most densely populated states with the seventh-highest housing costs in America.

View child care costs in other states.

Professional Development Resources

Professional development programs are designed to encourage, support and recognize early childhood professionals seeking to expand their skills to raise the quality of their programs. View a list of professional development resources for child care providers here.