Type Of care

Licensed Child Care Center

Child CareThis facility is approved by the state Office of Licensing (OOL) for the care, development and supervision of six or more children under 13 years of age who are in care for less than 24 hours a day. Centers that are accredited by a national association are programs that have been recognized as high-quality programs. Centers participating in Grow NJ Kids, NJ’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, are programs participating in quality activities to continuously improve their program to meet higher quality standards beyond licensing standards.

Types of programs include:

  • School Age Child Care Programs are licensed to care for children who are enrolled in public or private school when classes are not in session.
  • Nursery Schools offer part day programs to children for one or two years before kindergarten.

Licensed-Exempt Provider

This is a facility that is deemed exempt from licensing regulation and not regulated by the Office of Licensing, such as:

Programs operated by the local public-school districts, which are responsible for the implementation and management

Private schools which are solely run for educational purposes offering elementary education in grades kindergarten through, 6th, 7th or 8th and their kindergarten, pre-kindergarten or a child care center are an integral part of the private educational institution or system.

Registered Family Child Care Provider

This is a provider who cares for no more than five children at any one time in his or her home and has received an initial, renewal or temporary Certification of Registration demonstrated to the satisfaction of the sponsoring organizations (Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies) and Office of Licensing.

Family, Friend, Neighbor Provider

This provider is an individual who has been evaluated and approved by the NJ Division of Family Development (DFD) or its designee and serves no more than two unrelated children for fewer than 24 hours of care per day.


These are individuals who have been evaluated and approved by DFD or its designee to care for the child in their own home for fewer than 24 hours of care per day.

Youth Camps

Youth camps are licensed under the Youth Camp Safety Act of New Jersey and possess a certificate issues by the New Jersey Department of Health and provide services wholly or in part for recreational and educations purposes to five or more children under the age of 18.