Financial Assistance for Child Care
Many families’ child care concerns include affordability. Programs for Parents assists parents, guardians and resource parents financially by providing information and verifying eligibility for several State-sponsored programs (subsidies) that help eligible families with the cost of child care for their children.
The following financial assistance programs are available to residents of Essex County (for more specific information, click program link):
New Jersey Cares for Kids (NJCK)– Families may be eligible for financial assistance with the cost of child care through the New Jersey Cares for Kids program. Eligibility is determined by family size, employment and/or education hours, and income.
Community Care Voucher Centers (CCVC) – The State of New Jersey has provided a limited number of dedicated community care voucher slots to approximately 30 child care centers. Eligibility is determined by family size, employment and/or education hours, and income.
DOE Pre-K Wrap-Around Program – Through a contract with the NJ Dept. of Education (DOE), Newark , Irvington, East Orange and Orange Public Schools provide pre-K classes for children who are three or four years of age by October 1st. While some of this early education service is provided in the public schools, most of it is subcontracted to local child care centers. The pre-K Wrap-Around Program pays for the extended care — before and after the school day — is available to age-eligible resident children of these four cities and families’ eligibility is also determined by family size, employment and/or education hours, and income.
Kinship Care – This program provides child care subsidy to Kinship caregivers who have taken on the responsibility of caring for their relatives’ children. These children might be the caregiver’s siblings, nieces, nephews, or, most often, grandchildren. Eligibility determined by family size, employment and/or education hours, and income.
Post Adoption Child Care (PACC) – Child care is available for DCP&P children after their adoption takes place. It is only open to families meeting certain guidelines. Also, PACC subsidy can only be awarded for children 0-6 years old, or until the child becomes eligible to attend kindergarten.
Work First New Jersey– Families who get public assistance can get help to pay for child care; child care subsidy can be provided while the parent has been placed in a work or training activity.