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Child Care in New Jersey

DFD Resources - Partnering with DCF for Child Care in NJ...

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) regulates child care in New Jersey, monitoring licensed child care centers and family day care homes that are voluntarily registered with the state.

The DCF Office of Licensing inspects every licensed child care center annually to enforce health, safety and educational program requirements.

For inspection records or
other information on a specific child care center,
call the
 Office of Licensing toll-free:
1-877-667-9845 or
click here to visit the Office of Licensing website
Registered family day care homes are monitored by the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, which are community-based organizations contracted by the state in each county. These agencies work with the DHS Division of Family Development to administer child care subsidies, provide resource and referral services, raise the quality of child care operations, and promote the development of additional child care capacity.

For child care resources
in your area, call the
Child Care Help Line of New Jersey at


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Click here for information about the development of New Jersey’s automated child care time and attendance tracking system.

The years from birth through preschool are the most important years of a child's development as it is the period of greatest change and growth in life. These years also provide the foundation for the behaviors, skills and competencies that support lifelong learning and development.  These documents provide everyone - families, child care providers, early childhood teachers, community members - who has a role in infant and toddler development a common ground for managing developmental expectations.

  • SFY 2015 Child Care Income Eligibility Chart (pdf)
  • 2014-15 Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan  (pdf)
  • Child Care Eligibility Application Forms are now available online!
  • Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Information
  • New Jersey Parent Link Web Site
  • Parent Link

    Information for Parents/Consumers
    Assistance to Child Care Providers
    Maximum Child Care Payment Rates


    Children with Special Needs in Child Care
    Helpful Child Care Resources
    • National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC)
      Toll-free Number: 1-800-616-2242
      Website address:
      Answers questions and provides free information resources on child care and other early education programs, funding sources, licensing regulations and program start-up. Resources are available in English and Spanish. NCCIC's State Profiles provide child care data and contact information for each State.


    • Child Care Aware
      Toll-free Number: 1-800-424-2246
      Website address:

      Operates a national toll-free information line and website providing child care information and other parenting resources to families, in English and Spanish. Connects families to local child care experts - child care resource and referral agencies that assist families in finding child care and provide training and other support for providers.


    Updated:  07/14/15

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