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New Jersey Cares for Kids Childcare Assistance Program

NJCK provides childcare assistance for working families and full-time students who live in Hudson County and meet the guidelines mandated by the state of New Jersey. This subsidy will help you pay for childcare for infants, toddlers, preschool-age children, school-age children up to age thirteen (13), and children with special needs up to age nineteen (19).

Childcare can be provided by licensed childcare centers, registered family childcare providers, summer camps, school-age programs, or by an FFN -Family, Friend, & Neighbor (must meet all requirements and complete training)

Eligibility Requirements for Parent/Applicant

  • Must be a New Jersey resident;
  • Must meet income requirements and not have assets that exceed $1 million;
  • Must be working full time (30 hours or more a week), attending school full time (12 credits or more), or in job training (at least 20 hours a week);
  • Depending on family size and income, you may have to contribute to the cost of care (co-pay)

Eligibility Requirements for Child

  • Up to the age of 13, or less than age 19, if under the N.J. Division of Child Protection and Permanency’s protective supervision or mentally or physically incapable of self care;
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen;
  • Must reside with parent(s), or individual(s) acting as parent(s) (in loco parentis)

***BEFORE YOU APPLY- Review these TOP Childcare questions ***ANTES DE APLICAR – Revise estas preguntas mas frecuentes sobre el cuido infantil  Top Childcare Questions

***NEW APPLICANTS*** Completing and Submitting an Application 

  • Submit an application in-person or mail to: Urban League of Hudson County, Inc.  253 Martin Luther King Drive  Jersey City, N.J.  07305 or via email to


Click on the English or Spanish application below. *An addendum is included and must be completed and signed. *A document checklist is also included to ensure completedness.

Childcare Application

Solicitud de Cuidado Infantil

For additional information visit www.childcarenj.gov

***EXISTING APPLICANTS*** See information about Renewing (Redetermining) your childcare in the guide below…

 2023 Family Redetermination Guide /Guia de Redeterminacion Familiar

Additional NJCK Programs Who is Eligible?
Child Protective Services (CPS) Children under Division of Child Protection & Permanency (DCP&P)
Kinship Navigator Familiesthat have custody of a child – must prove relationahip/guardianship
Post Adoptive Child Care (PACC) Families that have adopted a child formerly under the Division of Child Protection & Permanecncy (DCP&P)
Department of Education (DOE) Pre-K 3 and 4 year olds – must live in district

***Important Childcare Assistance changes due to COVID-19 ********************************

Copay waiver effective November 1st, 2021 — read details here — Rate increase & copay PARENT letter Nov 2021

Extra monthly payments to providers to be used to help offset additional costs to families — See parent notices below —

2022-2023 Differential Payment Notice to PARENTS

2021 Differential Payment Notice to PARENTS

Copayment reduction for some families eff. May 1, 2021 — Read parent notice – Copay Reduction 05-01-2021 -PARENT letter

School age care (ages 5-13) extended through June 2021 (letter dated 02-18-2021) Parent Notice to Extend Subsidy to June 2021

School age care extended through February 2021 (letter dated 01-28-2021) Parent Notice – Extension of School age care Feb 2021

Extensions and updates through January 31, 2021 (letter dated 12-28-2020) Provider Notice Child Care Extensions

Extension of full-time payment for school-age children (letter dated 12-22-2020) School Age Extension letter to providers

*Covid 19 Additional/Supplemental payment for Centers and Family Childcare providers–click on letter for information Covid 19 Supplemental Payment Letter



Wilmarie Padilla, Supervisor at  wpadilla@ulohc.org  / (201) 451-8888 x 141

Virginia Pierantoni, Assistant Supv. at vpierantoni@ulohc.org / (201) 451-8888 x 169