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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

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



Attention Child Care Centers and Providers:

The Rutgers School of Social Work, through a contract with the state of New Jersey, will be sending you a child care market price survey for 2014, within the next couple of weeks. The survey is designed to collect accurate, up-to-date child care prices that families pay for early education and care series.  The results will be used to inform the state child care subsidy program for eligible families.  The deadline for responding is Monday, December 1, 2014

Don't miss this opportunity to give your input to this important survey. 

Thank you for your participation.  


New Jersey Birth to Three: Early Childhood Learning (PDF)

The years from birth to three 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.

This document provides everyone who has a role in infant and toddler development a common ground for managing developmental expectations. These expectations are broken down into five categories; social and emotional development, approaches to learning, language development and communication, cognitive development, and physical and motor development. Within this framework, families, child care providers, early childhood teachers, institutions of higher learning, community members and makers will have a shared understanding of developmental expectations and goals.

Information for Parents/Consumers
Assistance to Child Care Providers
SFY 2011 Co-pay Schedules:
Maximum Child Care Payment Rates
Center Based Care (CBC) Contract
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.
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