Parents with children ages 5 to 13 and who have annual incomes of less than $75,000 may now apply for the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ COVID-19 Child Care Tuition Assistance Program, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at today’s state press conference. Interested parents with proof of income and a remote-learning notice from their child’s school district should visit www.childcarenj.gov.
Murphy said, “We know this [child care tuition assistance] is of particular importance to working parents whose children are currently learning remotely.”
The program is slated to operate until the end of December via a $150 million set-aside, and is part of a broader $250 million plan to facilitate both more access to child care and support for childcare providers.
For example, the Department of Human Services is “providing supplemental payments of $75 per subsidy-eligible child, per month, including infants, toddlers, and school-age children to [child care] providers through the end of the year.”
Human Services is additionally funding licensed child care providers that “are open or will open by October 1st to manage added operational costs due to new COVID-19 health and safety guidelines” such as, for example, COVID-19 cleaning needs and for purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Meanwhile, New Jersey’s statewide coronavirus rate of transmission rose to 1.12 today, with 396 new cases announced, pushing the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases here to 200,154. Patients hospitalized statewide for COVID-19 were 349 as of last night, with 87 patients on ventilators. Two new deaths were announced today, adding to the total of 14,278 confirmed fatalities since the pandemic’s March onset.
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