NJ Cares for Kids/Get Child Care

***IMPORTANT: $$$ Childcare Copayments are set to start again 08-01-24. Copayments will be calculated based on family size and income. See parent notices (English & Spanish) and copay chart directly below (income chart can be found in the eligibility section):

Copay PARENT letter 08-01-24     Copay PARENT letter Spanish 08-01-24    Copay CHART 08-01-24

New Jersey Cares for Kids Childcare Assistance Program

For working families and full-time students who live in Hudson County and meet the guidelines mandated by the state of New Jersey. This program can help you pay for childcare for infants to 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)

***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 applications below. *A document checklist is included to ensure completedness.

NEW Childcare Application 2024          NUEVA Solicitud de Cuidado 2024

Childcare BROCHURE                            FOLLETO de Cuido Infantil

Parent Handbook 2024 – English           Manual para Padres 2024

For additional information visit www.childcarenj.gov

***EXISTING APPLICANTS*** See information about Redetermining your eligibitlity for childcare on page 13 of the Handbook. (*Note that Tier D is the maximum income level for Redetermination on the income scale above)

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 relationship/guardianship
Post Adoptive Child Care (PACC) Families that have adopted a child formerly under the Division of Child Protection & Permanency (DCP&P)
Department of Education (DOE) Pre-K 3 and 4 year olds – must live in district

Click on the Guides below for information regarding children with Special Needs in Childcare

Special Care Policy Guide -English

Guía de Políticas de Cuidados Especiales

***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

**Application INBOX: njck@ulohc.org