Choosing Quality Care: What You Need To Know Before You Choose A Provider
- Start Early: Start looking as far in advance as you can because finding the right child care option can take some time.
- Make a Call: Begin your search by calling your local experts-your child care resource and referral (CCR&R) center/agency. Call 1-800-332-9227 Childcare helpline of N.J. to find the local CCR&R in your county.
- Visit & Ask Questions: Make sure to visit the child care option you are considering and look for these quality indicators: *Adult to child ratio How many children are there for each adult? The younger your child, the more important it is to have fewer children per adult. Babies need an adult to child ratio of no more than 1:4 (one adult for four infants. Four year olds can do well with a ration of 1:10 (one adult for ten children).
- Make a Choice: Think about what you saw at each site and make the best choice for your family.
- Stay Involved: Consider yourself and your caregiver partners: schedule meetings, volunteer if needed, visit site and read a book aloud, join in for field trips, holidays, etc.
- Adult to child ratio: How many children are there for each adult? The younger your child, the more important it is to have fewer children per adult. Babies need an adult to child ratio of no more than 1:4 (one adult for four infants. Four year olds can do well with a ration of 1:10 (one adult for ten children).
- Group size: How many children are there in each group? The smaller the group the better.
- Caregiver qualifications: Ask about the caregivers’ training and education. Caregivers with degrees and/or special training in working with children will be better able to help your child learn.
- Turnover: Find out how long caregivers have been at the center or providing care in their home. It is best if children stay with the same caregiver for at least one year.
- Accreditation: Find out if the child care provider has been accredited by a national organization.. The National Association for the Education of the Young Children (NAEYC) and The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) are the two largest organizations that accredit child care programs.
The Urban League of Hudson County does not license, endorse or recommend any specific provider. It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to meet with all prospective providers in order to determine the child care arrangements that best suits their own needs.
All client and family information is kept confidential and is used strictly for referral purposes. This CCR&R does not share client information with any outside agencies. Clients may disclose U.S. census information if they so choose. (i.e. race, national origin, etc.)
- Child Care Aware NJ CCANJ promotes a universally accessible, affordable & high quality system of early care & education that is responsive to parental choice.
- Child Care Help Line 1-800-332-9227 Connects families to the local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies to help families determine if they are eligible for New Jersey’s Subsidy Program, find and locate quality child care services and other child care options.
- Child Support Hotline 1-877-NJ KIDS1 (1-877-655-4371) or www.njchildsupport.org Any individual can apply for available child support services.
- Coalition of Infant/Toddlers Educators (CITE) Promotes quality infant and toddler care and education by building collaborations, providing professional development opportunities, support and resources, and by influencing public policy.
- Division of Family Development DFD can provide you with valuable information to help you make a childcare selection. The state’s child care program can support you with information about applying for child care assistance, where to find child care, licensing and complaint data and what makes a quality program.
- Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center The Office of Head Start (OHS) helps young children from low-income families prepare to succeed in school through local programs.
- Early Intervention Services For birth to age three call 1-888-653-4463. For ages 3 through 5 call 1-800-322-8174.
- Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) A federal and state tax credit benefit for individuals and families who earn low-to moderate incomes in NJ.
- Family Help Line — 1-800-THE KIDS (1-800-843-5437) 24 hours a day – 7 days a week Call the Family Help Line and work through your frustrations before a crisis occurs. You’ll speak to sensitive, trained volunteers of Parents Anonymous who provide empathetic listening about parenting & refer you to resources in your community.
- Family Partners of Hudson County Support for families of children with complex emotional, mental health or behavioral challenges.
- Home Visitation Services (609) 888-7400 Provides helpful information and support to pregnant woman, new mothers or fathers, or other caregivers in the comfort and privacy of their home to ensure that babies and young children grow up healthy, happy and safe.
- Hudson County Alliance to End Homelessness 514 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306 Hours: Weekdays: 9am – 4pm Phone: 201-604-2600, ext. 0
- Hudson County Community Program Directory The services identified in this Directory are funded by DCF’s Family and Community Partnerships, a grant-making and best practices team committed to strengthening New Jersey’s families.
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) & their families can receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) can receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.
- Licensed Child Care Center Explorer Licensed child care center inspection reports.
- Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 1-800-510-3102 The Home Energy Assistance Program helps very low-income residents with their heating and cooling bills, and makes provisions for emergency heating system services and emergency fuel assistancce.
- National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies A national advocate for child care accessibility
- National Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC is a professional association promoting high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8.
- New Jersey School Age Care Coalition The statewide network for New Jersey’s Afters-school Communities.
- NJ Family Care 1-800-701-0710 (TTY: 1-800-701-0720) N.J.’s publicly funded health insurance program – includes CHIP, Medicaid and Medicaid expansion populations. Qualified NJ residents may be eligible for free or low cost health insurance that covers doctor visits, prescriptions, vision, dental care, mental health and substance use services and even hospitalization.
- NJ Hotlines & Helplines
- NJ Parent Link The focus of NJ Parent Link is to meet the information and resource needs of expectant parents, families with young children & professional stakeholders vested in the health and well-being of New Jersey’s children and families
- NJ SNAP 1-800-687-9512 New Jersey’s supplemental nutritional assistance program that can help low-income families buy the groceries they need to eat healthy. Click here to apply online.
- NJ 211.org or just dial 2-1-1 A convenient way to assist individual’s access information or self-screen for many of programs supported by DHS/DFD. You will be prompted to answer a few questions about your household, income and other expenses to identify other programs for which you may qualify.
- Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) 1-800-654-SPAN An independent organization committed to empowering families as advocates and partners in improving education, health, and mental health outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth
- WIC Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children A public health nutrition program that provides wholesome food, nutrition education, & community support for income eligible women who are pregnant and post-partum, infants, & children up to five years old.
- Zero to Three Supporting the caring adults who touch the lives of infants and toddlers
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