New Jersey Cares for Kids
The New Jersey Cares for Kids Program can help lower-income families who are working, in training or in school, or a combination of these activities to pay a portion of their child care.
Applicant(s)/Parents Eligibility Requirements
Must be a New Jersey resident;
Must meet income requirements and not have assets that exceed $1 million;
Must be working full time (30 hours or more a week), attending school full time (12 credits or more), or in job training (at least 20 hours a week); and
Depending on family size and income, may have to contribute to the cost of care (copay).
Child Eligibility Requirements
Up to the age of 13, or less than age 19, if under the NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency’s protective supervision, or mentally or physically incapable of self-care;
Must be a US Citizen or qualified non-citizen; and
Must reside with parent(s), or individual(s) acting as parent(s) (in loco parentis).
Completing and Submitting an Application
To get started, you must first complete, sign and submit an application with the required documents to the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency in your county.