Family Child Care Homes

Family child care homes provide care for five or fewer children in the home of the caregiver. In New Jersey, family child care providers may voluntarily register with the State. However, Child Care Connection only provides referrals to family child care homes that are State-registered.

If a Mercer County family child care provider does choose to register with the State of New Jersey, Child Care Connection acts as the sponsoring agency for the State in administering Family Child Care (FCC) registration. Our agency registers caregivers in Mercer County who provide child care in their homes and meet the State’s safety, training, and related requirements. Once providers earn their State registration certificate, they must renew their registration every three years. Each year the Child Care Connection registers about 10 new providers and renews the registration of approximately 10 existing providers. (Click here If you are interested in becoming State-registered to provide family child care.)

To confirm that any family child care provider is still State-registered or to schedule an appointment to review a provider’s file, call Child Care Connection’s Resource Development Department at 609-989-7770, ext. 154, 140 or 131.

Click on the links (Forms) for information on choosing a quality family child care program.

Parents needing assistance finding child care can contact our community line at 609-989-8101, or self-search by clicking this link: Search for Providers in Mercer County. If you would like further information regarding any providers found on-line, please call our community line at the number listed above. For families looking for care who are not Mercer County residents, click here for the list of NJ Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies by County. For visitors who are not New Jersey residents, visit to find the CCR&R serving your area.

We do not license, endorse, or recommend any particular provider and cannot assure that any provider offers quality child care. You should visit several providers to determine which is best for your family and decide for yourself if any fulfill your needs.

We maintain strict confidentiality policies regarding any personally identifiable or family information you provide.