Attention Subsidy-Eligible Parents: The State Wants to Hear From You!

If you are the parent of a child whose child care is being paid for at least in part by the New Jersey Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP, or NJCK as it is commonly known), the State would like to hear from you! The Division of Family Development (DFD), New Jersey’s State agency that oversees child care policy and programs, is interested in your views and experiences.  Topics of discussion will include the new co-payment policy and your child care needs (i.e., non-traditional hours, preschool expansion, etc.).  Please open the attached flyer for dates and times of the three upcoming parents meetings, conducted via Zoom.  Click on your date of interest to register! 

Attention, Parents! The State Wants Your Feedback on a Child Care Survey

The New Jersey Department of Human Services/Division of Family Development is interested in parent feedback regarding their child care experience.  This short survey takes just a few minutes to complete.  The responses received will help DHS/DFD better determine how to improve services and support families’ child care needs.  Open the flyer for a QR code that will take you right to the survey (disponible en español).  The deadline to reply is Tuesday, June 25, 2024.  Thank you in advance for helping us better serve you! 

Annual Conference Returns to Mercer!

Child Care Connection is pleased to announce that its annual conference for early care & education will once again be held in Mercer County!  The event, which was last held locally in 2021, will take place at The Conference Center at Mercer on Saturday, October 26, 2024 (8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), and will include two workshops, a keynote address, lunch, vendors, networking, and more. Download the flyer for more information and save the date! 

DFD Releases Market Rate Survey for All Child Care Programs

The NJ Department of Human Services/Division of Family Development (DFD) has requested that all New Jersey licensed child care centers and family child care homes complete the 2023 NJ Child Care Market Rate Survey.  Participation in this survey is critical for the State of New Jersey to inform policy recommendations for setting provider payment rates for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).  The data collected will provide valuable information related to child care market prices; expenses associated with the implementation of health, safety, and staffing requirements; and the cost of higher-quality child care.  DHS/DFD/Office of Child Care Operations (OCCO) will use the data to inform policy and budget planning for the State’s CCAP.  Here is information on the survey, including a link to the survey:  

Centers/Preschools:  2023 New Jersey Child Care Market Price Study (

Family Child Care:  2023 New Jersey Child Care Market Price Study (


DFD will also hold virtual “office hours” for providers who would like some assistance with the survey.  Click here to open the schedule

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact DFD/OCCO at 609-631-2688 or .