Need Help Paying For Child Care?

Need Help To Pay For Child CareChildren add a significant expense to a family budget. The average cost of child care can range from $9,311 to $22,709 annually, depending on the age and number of children in your family. The Child Care Subsidy Program can help lower-income families who are working, in training or in school, or a combination of these activities to pay a portion of their child care.

Child Care Financial Assistance Options
We understand that for many New Jersey families, it is difficult to pay for the child care you need for your children while you work or are in school. Currently, financial assistance is available for families under these programs:

Sunshine I Program
This program is for individuals impacted by a temporary or permanent disability. Parents or legal guardians may be able to gain access to affordable child care for their dependents between the ages of 6 weeks and 13 years of age. DOWNLOAD BROCHURE.

Sunshine II Program
This program is for individuals who are 60 years of age or older, frail, vulnerable or disabled and need assistance with child care for the summer. Eligible parents or legal guardians may be able gain access to summer camp services for their dependents. DOWNLOAD BROCHURE.

Work First New Jersey
If you are a participant in this program you immediately qualify for financial assistance for the child care you select.

Dedicated Vouchers
Dedicated Vouchers are “center focused”. These vouchers are designated to community child care centers to subsidize child care services for families that meet state eligibility requirements.

New Jersey Cares for Kids
This subsidy program offers eligible parents a child care subsidy which may be used towards the child care provided by eligible providers.

Preschool Advantage
Preschool Advantage funds quality preschool education in Morris County and surrounding communities for children of families in need. For more information contact the Preschool Advantage office at 973-532-2501 or visit their website by clicking here.

Head Start Community Program of Morris County
Head Start provides free, comprehensive early childhood development and family services to low-income families living in Morris County. Visit their website by clicking here.

Public Preschool
Preschool programming is offered in some public school districts, funded by the State of New Jersey. Families must reside in these municipalities to participate. The child must be three or four before the cutoff date determined by the participating school district. This program includes before and after school and summer care for income eligible families. The State of New Jersey, Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood Education governs the funding of these programs. To obtain more information, click here.