Applications for COVID-19 Child Care Tuition Assistance Program Now Open

By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Assignment Editor

TRENTON, N.J. — Applications are now open for New Jersey’s COVID-19 child care tuition assistance program, which was created to help families manage child care costs as some schools throughout the state have begun the 2020-21 academic year remotely.

Families with incomes of up to $75,000 can apply for full- or part-time child care by visiting the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ website. Eligible applicants must be New Jersey residents with children from the ages of 5-13 who are attending school remotely in at least a part-time capacity.

“The Murphy Administration is committed to helping working families during this incredibly challenging time by providing support to help address the unanticipated child care costs families face as schools open remotely or with hybrid schedules,” New Jersey Human Services commissioner Carole Johnson said in a press release. “Many working families are struggling to work-from-home or be at essential jobs while their children are attending school remotely. This new program is here to help and we encourage eligible families to apply.”

Through this new initiative, New Jersey will pay your licensed or registered child care provider from September 1 through December 30 for child care during the school day. Those who apply will hear from their local child care resource and referral agencies during the month of September.

The Department of Human Services will support child care centers that prioritize serving children whose families apply for this subsidy program with supplemental payments of $75 per child. Additionally, the department will make funding available to licensed child care centers that are open or will open by October 1 to manage additional operating costs that may arise due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Applications are open until December 30, 2020, and they’ll be accepted until all of the $150 million devoted to this program is exhausted. This particular program is part of New Jersey’s $250 million plan to support children and child care providers during the pandemic.

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