Work First New Jersey

New Jersey’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, Work First NJ, helps people secure employment and become self-sufficient through job training, education and work activities. WFNJ provides temporary cash assistance and many other support services to families, including financial assistance with child care costs.

WFNJ eligibility is determined by the Monmouth County Division of Social Services (MCDSS). If eligible, a parent is referred to Child Care Resources for their child care needs.  Child Care Resources assists WFNJ clients with finding child care and paying for it (under the WFNJ program).

Clients must be in an approved activity and obtain a referral from MCDSS. Our Subsidy Case Managers are trained to counsel each WFNJ participant about their child care options.

To obtain more information about how to apply for apply for Work First NJ benefits through MCDSS, please contact:


Monmouth County Division of Social Services

3000 Kozloski Road

Freehold, NJ  07728

(732) 431-6000


For technical assistance on the Work First New Jersey child care program, please contact us at 732-918-9901, Ext. 100 or email at