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We offer families and the community FREE child care referrals and information about child care programs in Middlesex and Somerset counties.
Several long term studies have shown that children who attended high quality child care programs score better on academic tests in school and have fewer reports of acting out behavior. These results continue into the child’s teenage years. Learn more about what to look for when trying to find quality child care by using the links below or contacting our staff.
- Child Care Options
- Choosing Quality Child Care
- Choosing Quality Child Care FAQ Sheet
- Child Care Checklists
- Characteristics of Quality Care
- Average Cost of Care
- NJ Licensing Report
- Free referrals to a variety of child care providers in person, by phone or online.
- Financial assistance to eligible families for child care.
- Parent education.
- Technical assistance on all child care issues, by phone in person or e-mail.
- Child care resources and links.
- Health and safety resources.
Can I get referrals at any time?
Our on-line referral service is available 24/7 for your convenience. A Child Care Specialist can be reached between 9AM and 4:30 PM in our Somerville or Perth Amboy offices.
Is there a charge for the service?
This is a free service for anyone seeking child care in Somerset or Middlesex counties.
What if I don’t live in either Middlesex or Somerset county?
You can access a list of other child care resources and referral services in the State or contact Child Care Aware for CCR&R services throughout the country. For a listing of all of the child care resource and referrals in the state of NJ please visit the following website www.nj.gov/humanservices/dfd/programs/child/ccrr/.
What about confidentiality?
The questions we ask while helping you to find child care will only be used to assist you and gather statistics. No one else will have access to your private data at any time.