Financial Assistance

Need help paying for Child Care?

Information on Financial Assistance for Child Care

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:

  • 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 desginated 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 financial assistance voucher which may be used towards the child care program of choice.
  • 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
  • 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.

General qualifications for New Jersey Cares for Kids and Dedicated Vouchers are:

  • Adults in the family must be working full time or going to school full time or a combination of work and school to equal full time.
  • Full time is defined as 30 hours per week.
  • The maximum gross income* in order to qualify is as follows:
Family of 2 $32,480         Family of 7 $74,280    
Family of 3 $40,840   Family of 8 $82,640
Family of 4 $49,200   Family of 9 $91,000
Family of 5 $57,560   Family of 10 $99,360
Family of 6 $65,920   Family of 11 $107,720

*effective March 1,2017

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These income eligibility guidelines are as of 3/1/2017, but may change annually. Limited funds are available in each county. Your county-based Resource & Referral (R&R) organization manages the voucher programs and can also refer you to the SSBG centers in your area. In Morris County, please call Child & Family Resources at 973-398-1730. If you are a resident of Morris County and would like to apply, you may print out the instructions and applications located in the resource bar at the right



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