Family Child Care

In New Jersey, Family Child Care Providers are not required to be licensed, but may voluntarily register with the state after meeting basic health, safety and training requirements. The process is managed by the county’s child care resource and referral agency.

Family Child Care homes offer care for children in the provider’s private home. Providers can care for up to five children, and in most homes, children in care are of varying ages. Family Child Care Providers may be able to offer a more flexible schedule for working parents. In order to receive a Certificate of Registration, a potential Family Child Care provider must:

  • Be 18 years of age, in good health and reside in the home where the care is provided
  • Provide a safe, healthy environment for children
  • Receive clearance on a Child Abuse Record Information (CARI) background check
  • Attend an eight hour pre-service training session
  • Attend an additional twenty hours of training during the three year registration period
  • Have current CPR and First Aid certification
  • Provide age appropriate activities for the children in an interesting and stimulating environment

For more information on how to become a Registered Family Child Care provider, please call our Home-Based Child Care Coordinator, Eduardo Magliulo, at 732-918-9901, Ext. 125 or at

Are you interested in becoming a Registered Family Child Care Provider? Please click here.

For more information about accredited Family Child Care Homes, you can visit the National Association for Family Child Care, at

To search for Family Child Care in Monmouth County, click here.

To contact a Child Care Resources Referral Specialist, for child care referrals and more information, click here.

Or you may call during business hours, at 732-918-9901, Ext. 100.

Child Care Resources handles all child care referrals in Monmouth County. If you are looking for child care outside Monmouth County, please click here

Please click here for Child Care Resources’ “A Parent’s Guide for Choosing Quality Child Care” for additional regulatory information and tips to assist you in your child care search.

The child care providers that are referred to families are for reference purposes only. Child Care Resources does not license, endorse or recommend any specific provider and cannot guarantee the quality of available care. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to meet with providers in order to determine the child care arrangement which best suits the family’s needs.

All employees and volunteers are bound to respect each individual’s rights of privacy. All personal information given to an employee or volunteer by any member of the community will be regarded as confidential