Child Care Facility | Photo by Maksym Kozlenko via Wikimedia Commons
TRENTON, N.J. – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will host virtual information sessions on Sept. 15 and Sept. 19 for applicants interested in applying to NJEDA’s Child Care Facilities Improvement Program, which has a $54.5 million funding in support of New Jersey’s child care sector.
NJEDA, through Phase 1 of the program, will provide nearly $15 million in grants between $50,000 – $200,000 to licensed child care centers in New Jersey to cover the costs of facility improvements that will contribute to high-quality early childhood learning environments. These interior and exterior improvements could include but are not limited to installing energy-efficient windows, creating additional classroom space, purchasing new playground equipment, replacing flooring, remediating environmental hazards such as lead or mold, or putting in child-height sinks or toilets. A complete list of eligible uses can be found here.
During the sessions, attendees will receive a program overview, a walk-through of the application, and information on how to best prepare to apply.
The information sessions will take place at the following times:
September 15 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Registration link: http://tinyurl.com/njeda-childcarecenterimprove
September 19 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registration link: http://tinyurl.com/NJEDA-ChildCareCenterInfo
Eligible applicants are child care center providers licensed by the Department of Children & Families as of June 4, 2021 that have enrolled in the last 12 months before the date of application at least one child receiving assistance through the N.J. Department of Human Services (NJDHS’s) Child Care Assistance Program. A complete list of eligibility requirements can be found at https://www.njeda.com/child-care-improvement-program/.
NJEDA said that 40 percent of the Phase 1 funding would be set aside for childcare providers in Opportunity Zone-eligible census tracts to help ensure that childcare providers serving low-income children through the NJDHS’s Child Care Assistance Program receive the funding they need to survive and thrive.
The Child Care Facilities Improvement Program application is expected to launch in October.
–With Jay Domingo/PDM