“Child care providers are absolutely critical to New Jersey’s workforce, and the COVID-19 pandemic has hit them especially hard,” Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday when signing a bill to provide $10 million in relief to child care providers in need throughout the state. “This legislation will help to ensure that these providers can continue to weather the pandemic and remain open and able to meet the needs of so many New Jerseyans who rely on them.”
“During the height of the pandemic, more than half of child care providers had to close their doors, hurting our families and our economy,” said U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5th).
The Murphy administration has spent nearly $200 million of coronavirus relief funds on child care capacity since last fall. More than 3,000 providers have received grants to meet new COVID-19 health and safety precautions and stabilize their operations, and a similar number received enhanced subsidy payments between September and February.
The relief aid will be administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, which will open an application pre-registration process for the grant money later this month.