Help Paying for Child Care

Eligible families can receive help paying for child care. Financial help may be provided for low- and moderate-income working parents, parents attending school; families receiving assistance under the state welfare program, Work First NJ, may be entitled to free child care.  In addition, adults who are raising relatives’ children in their own homes, can often qualify for child care subsidies from the state of New Jersey.


New Jersey Cares for Kids (NJCK)

Community Child Care Solutions assists income eligible working parents or students in paying for child care.


Eligibility is based on family size and income. Parents must work at least 30 hours a week; attend school 20 hours a week or a combination of school or work up to 30 hours a week.

Parents or guardians can call, visit, or write Community Child Care Solutions to receive an application. You may click to download Child Care Subsidy Application Form (English) or (Spanish). Instructions are included. Once approved for a subsidy, staff continue to assist parents with changes and any other areas that might affect their eligibility.  Please see the NJCK Income Eligibility Chart for more information.

New Jersey Cares for Kids (NJCK) Application

Child Care Subsidy Program Parent Handbooks 


Work First New Jersey (WFNJ)

Community Child Care Solutions assists parents who are moving from welfare to work by providing child care subsidies to participants of Work First New Jersey.  Community Child Care Solutions refers to, but does not endorse child care providers. We encourage you to visit and interview all child care providers before choosing one.


Eligibility is established by the County Board of Social Services or the Department of Labor. Activities are assigned by either a Career Development Counselor or an Income Maintenance Worker. An activity referral is then sent to Community Child Care Solutions. Former Work First NJ participants receive subsidized child care for up to two years after starting work. Those clients make a small co-payment based on family size and income.


Kinship Navigator Program

Kinship caregivers, adults who are raising relatives’ children in their own homes, can often qualify for child care subsidies from the state of New Jersey.

To qualify for child care subsidies, kinship caregivers must prove they are relatives or legal guardians of the children and that the children live with them. Those under age 60 who are not working or preparing for work must prove they are disabled. Financial eligibility depends on the kinship caregiver’s age and the size and income of the family unit. Caregivers must present proof of age and income.

Click here for more information on the Kinship Navigator Program. To learn more about child care resources: in Middlesex County call 732-324-4357, in Somerset County call 908-927-0869. Outside of the county you may contact the Kinship Navigator at 1-877-816-3211 or the state child care help line at 1-800-332-9227.



What kind of child care can I use and receive help in paying for my child’s care?

You can use any licensed child care center, state-registered family child care provider or a friend or family member who is willing to go through an approval process. The choice of program is always left up to the parent.

If I have a friend or family member that will care for my child how do they get paid for providing care?

You can contact our Child Care Specialist and tell them you have someone you want to care for your child. You should have the potential provider’s full name, address, phone number, and social security number available when you call. That person will then be sent a packet. Your provider will need to complete the ALL the forms enclosed in the packet and return them to us. The CARI forms will then be forwarded to the state for processing. When the CARIs are approved and returned from the state a Child Care Specialist will contact your provider and set up a home inspection.

How long does the above process take?

If the potential provider completes and returns all required information in a timely manner it will take the state between five and eight weeks to process the CARI forms.

How often should a provider expect to be paid under the Work First New Jersey program?

As long as the client is approved for subsidy by the Board and their paperwork is current, the provider can expect to receive payment on a bi-weekly basis for as long as there is a contract in place.

Can my subsidy payment be stopped?

Yes. Here are some reasons you may no longer receive help in paying for child care: your activity may have ended; you have not submitted employment documents to your case worker; you have not paid your portion of the child care fee you have failed to return the paperwork necessary to process your application or to do an annual re-determination or you are no longer eligible for Work First New Jersey.


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