Coronavirus Updates and Resources

Child Care

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Emergency Child Care Application, Essex County

The state is launching an Emergency Child Care Assistance Program (ECCAP) to help support child care costs when a parent or guardian is an essential employee.

  • List of emergency child care centers
  • Guidance for approved emergency child care assistance program
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NJ Human Services Commissioner Reminds Residents & Providers About Assistance & Funding Opportunities

Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today reminded residents about available assistance programs and help lines, while also encouraging child care and Medicaid providers to pursue available funding opportunities.

NJDHS Novel Coronavirus Information

Aging Services. Child Care, Developmental Disabilities, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Mental Health and Addiction Services, etc.

Ocean County Library Supplies Parents, Caregivers With Online Educational Tools

Parents and caregivers taking a pivotal role in their children’s education at home have a deep reservoir of support in the Ocean County Library’s online learning services, free with a valid Library card.

One Stop Shop Child Care Resources COVID-19 Information

This site contains: DCF Guidance for Child Care, Department of Health updates, provider resources, parent resources, podcasts from the Committee for Economic Development, SBA and business resources, community resources, and more.

Report: Parents are Essential Too: Supporting Working Families During the Pandemic

"Parents are Essential Too: Supporting Working Families During the Pandemic," examines data on conditions for working parents and finds that the current crisis has intensified barriers to economic security and childcare among families with children.

Resources for Caregivers of Individuals With Autism

Listed below are resources that are designed to assist both the individual with autism and his or her caregivers.

School-Age Tuition Assistance Program

The New Jersey School-Age Tuition Assistance Program will provide tuition assistance to parents/caretakers with school-age children (5 to 13 years old) in need of child care due to schools’ remote learning schedules this fall as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The tuition assistance will be directly paid to your selected licensed or registered child care provider from September 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020 based on the hours of care needed. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted. 

The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education

Throughout this public health emergency, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has been in near constant contact with educators and stakeholders, hearing the field’s concerns through daily site visits, weekly stakeholder meetings, and discussions with a standing committee of nearly two dozen chief school administrators. Beyond this ongoing engagement, the NJDOE convened approximately 50 education and community organizations, met with over 300 chief school administrators, and surveyed nearly 300,000 parents/guardians to inform the development of this reopening plan. Sticking true to the adage “nothing about us, without us,” this plan reflects the NJDOE’s best efforts to deliver reopening solutions by and for New Jersey educators and families.

think of us Child Welfare COVID-19 Command Center

This Command Center houses resources and guidance for foster care individuals and organizations affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update to Policies and Practices for the NJ Early Intervention System

The Department of Health has provided an update for Early Intervention Services during the COVID-19 pandemic. This update includes policies for evaluations and assessments, compensatory services, IFSPs, and service environments.