- How do I become a State-registered family child care (FCC) provider?
Go to WWW.NJCCIS.com (New Jersey Child Care Information System) register, then submit an application under Applications/FCC New Application. Follow the steps that need to be taken to complete the process.
- What documents do I need to provide as part of the application process?
All providers must submit the following: two letters of reference for themselves and an alternate (if any), as well as a health care provider’s statement and proof of a TB test for the applicant; alternate and/or provider assistant (if any); and any household members who are present during the care of enrolled children.
- Do I need to have a background check?
Each provider applicant; alternate and/or provider assistant (if any); substitute provider; any household members who are at least 14 years of age; and any other persons who are or will be working at the home on a regular basis must have a Child Abuse Record Information (CARI) background check to determine whether an incident of child abuse or neglect has been substantiated against any of these individuals.
Each provider applicant; alternate and/or provider assistant (if any); substitute provider; any household members who are at least 18 years of age; and any other persons who are or will be working at the home on a regular basis must have a fingerprint-based Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) background check.
- Must I participate in pre-service training?
Yes. In order to receive a Certificate of Registration, an applicant and his/her alternate provider, if any, must attend pre-service training provided by Child Care Connection. This training includes the Child Development Block Grant (CCDBG)-mandated and orientation training, which can be obtained in-person or on-line. All providers, alternates, and substitute must be pediatric CPR- and first-aid certified. If the provider is willing to enroll children who receive child care subsidy from the state or county, the assistant must also be CPR/First Aid certified.
- Does it cost anything to apply?
There is a $25 registration fee due prior to the home inspection, which will be completed after all necessary training and paperwork are complete.
- If I live in a home that has multiple units, can I rent out that space for child care?
No. Care needs to be done in the home in which you are residing.
- How many children can I care for at a time?
No more than five enrolled children at a time are permitted. There can be three additional children that belong to the provider and/or staff, but the parents must be present when they are in care.
- Do providers need to have staff?
All State-registered family child care providers must have a substitute. Providers can choose to have an assistant and, based on the age of the children in care, may be required to have one.
- Can FCC providers do 24-hour care?
A provider cannot work more than 16 hours straight. A provider can choose to have an alternate but would need to be present at least 50 percent of the time. All overnight care needs to have an approved staff person present and awake during the entire shift.
- Will my home be inspected?
Yes. In order to receive a Certificate of Registration, the applicant’s home must be inspected and evaluated for compliance with all applicable requirements of the Manual of Requirements. Once registered, providers will be subject to unannounced monitoring inspections to ensure compliance.
- Will I be employed by the State of NJ if I become a State-registered family child care provider?
No. All providers are self-employed small business owners. Although State-registered family child care providers must adhere to all regulations found in Chapter 54, Manual of Requirements for Family Child Care Registration, they operate as a sole proprietorship or can register with the State of New Jersey as an LLC or S-Corporation. As a small business owner, providers set their own fees, hours of operation, and schedule. Providers interview and select their customers and staff. Sole proprietors are required to file a Schedule C with their annual tax return and report earnings and losses.
- Why might I receive a 1099 from the State of New Jersey or Child Care Connection?
Since the State of New Jersey and the County of Mercer both offer eligible families a child care subsidy, a 1099 form documenting payments to the provider on the parent’s behalf is mailed to providers who have received reimbursement through a subsidy program. Child care providers are selected by the parent and, should a parent switch care, the subsidy payment would switch to the new child care provider.
- Why should I become a registered FCC Provider?
You must be State-registered in order to care for children who receive a subsidy from either the State of New Jersey or Mercer County. In addition, State-registered family child care providers can get referrals from their local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency, which in Mercer County is Child Care Connection. Registered providers can also participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
- Where can I obtain a copy of New Jersey’s family child care regulations?
Providers must maintain compliance with the Manual of Requirements for Family Child Care. They should regularly familiarize themselves with the Manual, as it includes all regulations and provisions pertaining to New Jersey’s family child care statutes (N.J.A.C 3A:54). A copy can be found at www.nj.gov/dcf/providers/licensing/laws/FCCmanual.pdf.