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Environmental Guidance for All
Child Care Centers & Educational Facilities

Bureau of Northern Field Operations

Child Care Centers must conduct an environmental review before Department of Children and Families- Office of Licensing will approve an application to operate a child care center. In order to obtain a Response Action Outcome (RAO), a Licensed Site Remediation Professional must be hired to conduct a Preliminary Assessment, at a minimum, and issue an RAO. Please be advised that the New Jersey Department Of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is no longer issuing Child Care Facility Approval letters.

Please click on the appropriate box below for specific information on the requirements applicable to your situation.

New Center

Looking to open a new child care center?

Click here to learn about current child care environmental requirements for child care licensing.

New with Prior Approval

Are you opening a child care center in a location that already has an approval letter, such as a No Further Action letter, a Response Action Outcome, or a Child Care Facility Approval letter?

Click here to learn more about how to recertify prior approval letters.

3 Year License Renewal

Are you looking to renew a child care center license and have already fullfilled the environmental requirements at your last renewal date?

Click here to learn about renewal requirements.

Educational Facilities must conduct an environmental review before a construction official can issue a construction permit or a Certificate of Occupancy.

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