One Stop Shop Child Care Resources DFD Policies Including COVID-19 Information

Child Care Resources of Monmouth County is open and working to support families statewide who must continue to work during COVID-19 (e.g., essential personnel in our hospitals and grocery stores and others whom we depend on at this time) as well as the child care providers who support them.

DFD Policies and COVID-19 Child Care Initiatives

Enrollment-based Payment: DFD will continue to pay providers based on enrollment rather than attendance (Per FY24 NJ State Budget). See guidance.

NJ American Rescue Plan Stabilization Grants: The NJ American Rescue Plan (ARP) Stabilization Grant provided financial relief to licensed child care providers and registered family child care providers to support key operating expenses. The grant could be used for wages and benefits, insurance, rent, mortgage, utilities, cleaning and sanitizing, professional development related to health and safety, mental health services, and other operational expenses to remain open and operating.  The NJ American Rescue Plan (ARP) Stabilization Grant is no longer accepting applications. For more information, click here.

$1,000 Hiring and Retention Bonus Grant: Funded with the Child Care Revitalization Fund signed into law by Governor Murphy and the American Rescue Plan, hiring and retention grants will be issued from the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Family Development (DFD).  Child care center staff and registered family child care providers were eligible if they earned $50,000 or less per year. The application for hiring and retention bonus grants is now closed.

Supplemental Payments: DFD’s  supplemental payment (family differential) of $300 per subsidy-eligible child for full-time care, or $150 for part-time care per subsidy eligible child was made permanent through the FY24 NJ State budget, including infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children enrolled in your program. See guidance.

Waiving Parent Co-Pays: DFD’s co-pay waiver was extended as part of the FY24 NJ State budget.  See guidance.

Thriving by Three Infant and Toddler Child Care Grant.  The Thriving by Three Infant and Toddler Child Care Grant supports the development and creation of infant (under 18 months old) and toddler (18 months to 2 ½ years old) slots and provides technical assistance to providers for the expansion of child care spaces. As of July 2023, this program is no longer accepting grant applications. Stay tuned for additional information should funding become available. More information is available here.

Should you have any questions, please contact Child Care Resources of Monmouth County at (732) 918-9901.  For questions related to Child Care Tuition Assistance for School-Age Children, please visit

NJ EDA Child Care Facilities Grants
For the latest information on the NJ Economic Development Authority (NJ EDA) Child Care Facilities Improvement program, which provides grants to child care providers, click here.
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