Registered Family Care Providers

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Starting a Family Child Care Business

Is Family Child Care the Right Business for you?

Is Family Child Care the Right Business for you?

Family child care, defined as the care of five or fewer children in the provider’s home, is a natural choice for many parents. Children can interact in small groups in an informal home setting and there is often the flexibility for extended or nontradional hours.

Need Help with your Business Plan?

Need Help with your Business Plan?

There are lots of decisions to make before opening your business.

  • What is your desired income?
  • What expenses can you expect?
  • What will be your hours and rates?

Want to Apply for a Registration Certificate?

Want to Apply for a Registration Certificate?

A New Jersey Certificate of Registration for Family Child Care can be obtained through the Division of Child Care Resources, the state designated family child care sponsoring organization for Bergen County.


  • Providers and a substitute must each have an account in
  • Provider and substitute must complete 18 hours of trainings:
    • FCC/FFN Orientation - 2 hours, virtual
    • CPR & First Aid - 6 hours (free for all providers, substitutes and assistants) - Contact Andrea Alexander at (201) 640-5356 or (201) 336-7167 for more information
    • Health & Safety Basics and Child Abuse and Neglect– 10 hours (virtual, available for free on NJCCIS)
    • Registration fee: $25.00
  • Medical Exam & TB test (Provider & Substitute)
  • Identogo FingerPrinting - 18 years & over living in the household must get finger-printed
  • Child Abuse Background Check - 14 years & older living in the household
  • 2 Character references
  • Home inspection

CCR&Rs have decades of experience helping child care providers.

Our vision is your long-term success.

Our goals for you:

  • A successful business
  • Work/life balance
  • A quality program

We are here to help!


The Division of Child Care Resources provides technical assistance, training and referrals for registered family child care providers.

For additional information and resources, visit the New Jersey Department of Human Services and the National Association for Family Child Care, and click here.

Quick Business Tips

To maximize your income as a family child care provider:

  • Minimize your expenses. We can help you access the NJ Shared Resources online platform, which offers family child care providers discounts on frequently purchased products you use
  • Enroll in the Child Care Food Program. With 5 children in care, you can receive up to $6,253 annually in reimbursement for nutritious meals and snacks you serve children. CCR&Rs can sign you up!
  • Market your program to stay full. We can assist you with on-line marketing to ensure that you are putting your best face forward and reaching potential customers.
  • Achieve Quality Ratings and higher payments for children receiving state child care subsidy. We provide free training, technical assistance, and support so that you are prepared to participate in Grow New Jersey Kids, the state quality rating and improvement system that offers higher child care subsidy payments for each increased star level providers meet. lets-do-this-image
  • Take advantage of major tax deductions as a home based business.We can help you set up record-keeping practices that will save you money at tax time! Maximize your income by taking every tax deduction for which you are eligible!

Why wait! Since the onset of the pandemic, we have seen an increase in families seeking the small group and home-like environment provided by family child care.

Contact us today! 201-336-7150 or

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Additional Resources

Contact Us

Julie O'Brien


Division of Child Care Resources
(Formerly known as Office for Children)

One Bergen County Plaza  • 2nd Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-336-7150

Email Division of Child Care Resources

Office Hours: 

Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Call for an appointment.

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