Stakeholder Convening, September 2018
Supporting Family Child Care in New Jersey
CCANJ Goals: attract new people to the family child care profession; raise public awareness about family child care as a vital community resource; and demonstrate the role of the CCR&Rs.
In the Summer 2018, CCANJ sought and contracted with a consultant to facilitate a process and project to boost support for family child care and CCR&R in New Jersey. This phase of the project included three steps:
- fact-finding and exploration with stakeholders
- one convening of stakeholders
- a report on the recommendations of the stakeholders.
Following that work, CCANJ contracted with the consultant to move forward on the recommendations of the project. Stakeholders had come together with a willingness to collaborate and identified recommendations for the work ahead. The documents below mark the evolving work of CCANJ, CCR&R staff, and family child care providers in pursuit of project goals.
FCC Report & Recommendations
Workplans, Updates, and Discussions
Data and Reports from the Field
- Closing the Gap: How CCR&Rs Can Help Communities Meet Their Child Care Supply and Demand Needs, Child Care Aware of America (May 2019)
- New Jersey Family Child Care Landscape Report, All Our Kin (November 2018)
- No Room For Babies, Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) (May 2017)
- Child Care Supply by Congressional District, Center for American Progress, CAP (April 2019)
- America’s Child Care Deserts, Center for American Progress, CAP (December 2018)
- Interactive Child Care Desert Map, Center for American Progress, (Spring 2019)
- NJ child care capacity data from December 2018 CAP report- note, the report does not include FCC capacity).
CCANJ FCC Survey Related Work
Helping Family Child Care to Thrive Through the Public Health Crisis and Beyond
In January 2020, there were 1,486 registered family child care providers in New Jersey. In May, Child Care Aware of New Jersey and the New Jersey Family Child Care Providers Association conducted a survey to better understand the family child care home landscape and providers’ needs for re-opening.
COVID-19 Impact. Among the 1,014 family child care providers who responded to the survey, 346 closed due to the pandemic (218 responded in English and 128 responded in Spanish). Two-thirds of survey respondents indicated they have remained open and reported this was out of necessity – her own income and economic well-being, and families have been counting on her.
The number of registered family child care programs in New Jersey has been declining over the past decade. As the state looks to re-open businesses and services to jumpstart recovery, working parents will need access to child care. With parent anxiety high related to potential COVID-19 exposure, there could be a shift in parent preferences for the smaller child care settings offered in neighborhood family child care homes. Both open and temporarily closed family child care providers will need meaningful support to welcome children and keep everyone (including themselves) healthy and well.
New Jersey Family Child Care Home Provider Survey Results and Recommendations
Additional findings will be reported!