New Jersey Child Care Guidelines for Reopening June 15

State regulations for childcare reopening include:

  • Daily temperature checks of both children and staff will be required. Those with a fever of more than 100.4 degrees or any symptoms will not be allowed to enter.
  • Classes, using social distancing, will be limited in size, and staff members will not be allowed to move between groups.
  • Staff members will be required to wear face coverings and children over the age of two will be “encouraged” to wear them, “whenever feasible.”
  • Children under the age of two will not wear masks, nor will any child during naps, to avoid suffocation.
  • The centers must be cleaned and sanitized, using CDC standards.

Details on all guidelines and regulations can be found:

This is a fluid situation and churches should follow state directives as they are updated. The directive also is accompanied by a $20 million fund for health and safety grants for which childcare centers and day camp operators may apply.

“We urge childcare centers to take advantage of the state’s generous offer to defray the costs of following these state standards,” said Reinhard.

Grants for NJ Childcare Centers - Through June 30

New Jersey Human Services Commission announced the immediate availability of up to $20 million in grants to assist child care centers and youth camps in meeting health and safety guidelines in response to COVID-19.

Child care centers can receive up to $5,000, while youth camps can receive up to $2,000.

The money can be used to purchase additional cleaning products, personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and thermometers, and other products and services to assist centers in complying with appropriate guidelines.

The funds are available through June 30. Click here for more information.