Research has confirmed that children’s healthy development is dependent on safe and positive experiences during the first few years of life. Therefore choosing quality child care for any child is one of the most important decisions a parent will make for their child.
The child care market can be difficult to navigate. Child care in the United States is offered in many diverse settings such as private homes, licensed child care centers, churches, synagogues and on-site businesses. Licensing standards vary widely by state and locality, child care terminology is unfamiliar to most parents and accessing high quality options may be difficult. For families needing other resources, such as child care subsidy assistance to pay for child care, accessing child care is even more complex and difficult.
Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) connects parents, child care providers, community leaders and policymakers with regards to child care. CCR&R agencies serve as this link by providing services to each of these parties. The core services of CCR&R agencies in New Jersey are,
There is a CCR&R agency located in every county in New Jersey. Child Care Aware of New Jersey (CCANJ) is a non-profit organization comprised of CCR&R agencies serving sixteen counties of New Jersey whose purpose is the direct provision or coordination of child care resource and referral services to the public. CCANJ believes that all children deserve access to high quality, affordable child care. For a list of CCANJ agencies, click here.