Family Child Care

Programs for Parents inspects and registers the homes of those interested in becoming self-employed family child pfp_annual_2014_page_11_image_0001care providers. Programs for Parents also monitors registered family child care homes for continued compliance with State regulations.

Individuals who want to obtain state registration to provide family child care services must complete an application package (which includes the Provider Application, Criminal Disclosure(s), Provider Health Examination Form, Provider TB test form, two reference, Child Abuse Record Information (CARI) Consent Forms, have a home inspection and pay a $25 registration fee.

An 18 hour of pre-service training is required of the provider applicants and the alternate provider. The training is composed of the following: a two hour Orientation, an eight-hour Health and Safety, includes Foundations of Child Development training and a two-hour Child Abuse and Neglect (mandated reporting and child maltreatment included) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid.

For additional information on the requirements to become a Family Child Care provider, click here to download the Manual of Requirements for Family Child Care Registration.

Currently all registered child care providers are required to comply with the state and local health, building and fire safety regulations. In addition, registered family child care providers must comply wit the federally mandated health and safety pre-service. This means all individuals responsible for the direct care and supervision of children (provider, substitute, assistant and/or alternate) must complete the above listed training.

Those interested in becoming State registered to provide family child care services should consider taking the Family Child Care Orientation first before any additional training.

To take the Family Child Care Orientation, you must obtain a NJ Workforce Registry number through the New Jersey Workforce Registry by going to their website  Once you have your registry number you can also take the required training as well as additional training online by going to or through the NJ Workforce Registry at

As of January 31, 2010, certification in both CPR and first aid is required prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Registration. CPR must be obtained through one of the nationally recognized agencies such as American Red Cross, American Heart Association and National Safety Council. Once a provider becomes registered, she/he must maintain current CPR and first aid certification, as long as the provider maintains her/his certificate. If you need information on upcoming CPR/First Aid opportunities email or call Programs for Parents.

For further information on the requirements of becoming  a State-registered family child care provider, please call 973-744-4050 or email

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