Keeping Children Safe

Licensing Information

Keeping Children SafeThe Department of Children and Families Office of Licensing inspects every licensed child care center annually to enforce health, safety and educational program requirements. For inspection records or other information on a specific child care center, call the Office of Licensing at 1-877-667-9845 or visit their website.

Registered family child care homes in Morris County are monitored by Child & Family Resources. To find out if your family child care home is registered, contact our office 973-398-1730.

All New Jersey youth camps must register annually with the Department of Health and Senior Service’s (NJDOH) Public Health Sanitation and Safety Program. Inspections of youth camps are conducted by both the NJDOH and local departments of health. For more information visit their website.

In New Jersey, any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or acts of abuse should immediately report this information to the State Central Registry (SCR). If the child is in immediate danger, call 911 as well as 1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873). A concerned caller does not need proof to report an allegation of child abuse and can make the report anonymously.

Complaint Against A Provider

A complaint is an allegation that a child care provider is not following state regulations that govern a specific type of care.

Child Care Centers

The Office of Licensing (OOL), the licensing and regulatory authority of the NJ State Department of Children & Families, inspects and licenses child care centers. A complaint against a child care center should be reported directly to OOL (toll-free) at 877-667-9845.

Registered Family Child Care Providers

Family child care providers in New Jersey are registered through the county’s Sponsoring Organization. Child & Family Resources is the sponsoring organization for Morris County and is responsible for registering and monitoring registered family child care providers in Morris County to ensure compliance with state regulations. Child & Family Resources also investigates complaints against these registered family child care providers. A complaint against a registered family child care provider in Morris County should be directed to an Early Care & Education Specialist at (973) 601-6149 or email info@cfrmorris.org.

You may remain anonymous if you prefer. However, if you remain anonymous, Child & Family Resources staff will not be able to call you with the results at the conclusion of the investigation.

Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Name of the provider
  • Address
  • Statement of Complaint/Problem
  • How you became aware of the problem

If the nature of the complaint indicates child abuse or neglect, you will be directed to the Office of Child Abuse Control at DYFS, (877) NJABUSE. Only DYFS investigates child abuse/neglect allegations. All information regarding child abuse and neglect remains confidential and is not open to the public for review.

If the complaint is not related to child abuse or neglect, Child & Family Resources will investigate the complaint. If a complaint is substantiated, CFR may provide technical assistance to the provider to help the provider come into compliance with regulations. Additional visits to the provider may be necessary to ensure compliance with regulations. The complaint remains confidential until the completion of the investigation, at which time the complaint becomes public information and remains in the provider’s file.

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