New Jersey Offers Childcare Assistance Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

TRENTON (WCBS 880) — New Jersey has unveiled a new program to help parents and students as many children continue with remote learning in the new school year.

As many students continue to learn from their kitchen tables instead of their classrooms, many parents say they are stressed and especially worried about childcare. 

The state is now offering to cover childcare payments for parents who are working fulltime and cannot afford to stay home with their children during the day.

“All you will need is proof of income and a remote learning notice, or announcement, from your child’s school,” Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. 

For many, the program could be a lifeline in the coronavirus crisis.

Murphy says the $150 million program will only fund licensed, or registered childcare provides – and cannot be used to pay relatives to babysit. The program covers care for children ages 5 to 13.

"Families with incomes up to $75,000 a year can apply online,” the governor added. 

Applicants must be residents of New Jersey, must meet the income requirements and cannot have assets that exceed $1 million and must be working full time. Depending on the family size and income, some families may have to contribute to the cost of care.

The funding will run through the end of the year.

Families can fill out applications on ChildCareNJ.gov

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