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New Jersey Cares for Kids Child Care Program (NJCK)


NJCK Program is a child care subsidy program for low-income parents who work or are in school full time. If you have children under age 13 or a special needs child under the age of 19, you may be eligible for the NJCK program. N.J.A.C. 10:15-1.3(a). You may also be eligible for child care services if you need child care in order to remain employed full time or accept full-time employment to avoid dependency on TANF. N.J.A.C. 10:15-5.2. Also, you may be eligible if you are in need of child care services in order to attend full-time educational or work training programs. N.J.A.C. 10:15-5.3. See the Division of Family Development website (from the New Jersey Department of Human Services) for more information.

For most child care assistance, your income must be below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level to qualify. You can see if you are eligible using the NJ Childcare Calculator (from the from the New Jersey Department of Human Services).

Under the NJCK Program, you have a choice as to where your child receives care. Your child can receive child care from either a licensed child care center, a registered family day care provider, or an approved home, which may be a relative, friend, or neighbor. You must pay a co-payment, which will vary depending upon your family size and the amount of your income. N.J.A.C. 10:15-9.2. In order to receive benefits under the NJCK Program, you should contact your UCCA and request an application. See Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs) (from the New Jersey Division of Family Development).​​​​​​