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|Financial Assistance Programs|
Many parents, guardians and foster parents qualify for financial assistance (subsidies) to cover all or part of their child care costs. Care may be selected in licensed child care centers, registered family child care homes and approved homes. In most cases, parents make a copayment, a fee based on income and family size.
Child Care Assistance Through Two Voucher Programs
For many of the families qualifying for child care vouchers, the cost of care is such a financial burden that it makes working prohibitive. Programs for Parents (PfP) is the state-designated administrator of child care vouchers in Essex County. Vouchers offset the cost of child care for these parents, making it possible for them to work or get the training necessary to be employable. These programs are enormously valuable to working parents.
New Jersey Cares for Kids (NJCK)
Parents who either work or are full-time students and are income-eligible, may qualify for child care financial assistance through NJCK. PfP counselors help parents choose the child care best suited to their needs. NJCK participants must pay part of their provider's fee, on a sliding scale. There are 3,400 children from 2,100 families being helped by NJCK. For more information, contact us.
Work First New Jersey (WFNJ)
Work First New Jersey provides child care for clients participating in job training or work as a requirement of the welfare-to-work program. PfP is a proud participant in the WFNJ program because it frees parents to focus on training to enter the work force and gain security for their families. WFNJ participants get counseling on child care options and referrals. Their child care is funded through their participation in a qualified welfare-to-work activity assigned by an Essex County Department of Social Services specialist. Thanks to WFNJ, there are 3,140 children from 2,100 families being cared for while their parents work. For more information, contact us.
Other Financial Resource Information
The NJ Helps Services Home Page is designed to give consumers a “one-stop” shopping resource for the wide range of programs, information and services provided by the Department of Human Services and its partners, to assist individuals, families and communities in throughout the State of New Jersey.
Earned Income Tax Credit
The Earned Income Tax Credit or the EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families. Congress originally approved the tax credit legislation in 1975 in part to offset the burden of social security taxes and to provide an incentive to work. When EITC exceeds the amount of taxes owed, it results in a tax refund to those who claim and qualify for the credit. To see if you qulify visit the IRS website using the link below.
Abbott Preschool Program
The Abbott preschool program was created with the fifth decision of the landmark Abbott v. Burke school funding case, in which the New Jersey Supreme Court required that all 3- and 4-year-old children in the highest-poverty school districts receive a high-quality preschool education. As a result, all children in 31 school districts are eligible to receive a full-day/full- year pre-k program from teachers certified in early education. To see if you qulify visit the website using the link below.