Only 7 percent of daycare centers in NJ are nationally accredited — lower than the average nationally, which is 10 percent, according to the National Association of Child Care and Referral Agencies.
There are 285,761 working mothers with children under the age of six — 74,946 with infants.
There are 402,640 children under the age of six who potentially need childcare during the day. Most of these children — 265,827 — come from two-parent families, both of whom are in the labor force. There are 4,304 daycare centers available in the Garden State, and 2,387 family childcare homes. Only 1 percent of the family childcare homes are nationally accredited.
When NACCRA is approached for a referral to an agency, the vast majority of parents are looking for full-time care (85 percent) but 15 percent do want part-time care.