Office for Children


The New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development, Office of Child Care Operations (DHS/DFD/OCCO) is required by Federal law to conduct a Child Care Market Rate Survey for 2021. 

Beginning August 1, 2021 DHS/DFD/OCCO will be emailing a survey to ALL Licensed Child Care Centers throughout the State from the email address  Participation in this survey is critical for the State of New Jersey to help inform policy recommendations for setting Provider payment rates for the Child Care Subsidy Program.

Jan 2021 Rate Increase for Child Care Providers.

Is Your Child Ready to Stay Home Alone?

The laws in New Jersey do not specify an age when a child is considered old enough to stay home alone. Parents must make an individual decision based on many factors. View guidelines and things to consider in making this difficult decision.

Attention Child Care Providers

Child Care Providers please note: Emergency closure dates must be reported to the Office for Children within the E-Child Care 13 day back swipe period.  Check the Emergency and Disaster Child Care Policy for additional details.


Tell Us Your Story About Child Care

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Contact Us

Julie O'Brien


Office for Children

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

Phone: 201-336-7150

Email Office for Children

Office Hours: 

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

Call for an appointment.

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