New Jersey ChildCare Preschool Centers

We provide local listings of preschools and childcare centers in New Jersey. Continue below to search the list of local childcare centers in New Jersey. We have also listed the top cities in New Jersey on the right side of the page.

A Comprehensive Guide for Parents in New Jersey Looking for Childcare or Preschools

Researching Childcare or Preschool Options

Choosing a childcare center or preschool in New Jersey can feel like a daunting task, particularly with the abundance of options. However, you can narrow your search by considering factors such as the institution's reputation, teaching methodology, location, staffing, and affordability. It's always a good idea to visit the center to observe the environment and interact with the staff before making a decision.

State Subsidized Options

Good news for parents in New Jersey! There are several state-subsidized child care programs available to provide financial assistance. These programs include the New Jersey Child Care Subsidy Program, the New Jersey Cares for Kids Program, and programs for special needs children such Division of Family Development’s Child Care Program.

Understanding and Applying for Subsidies

The New Jersey Child Care Subsidy Program assists eligible low to moderate-income families in affording child care costs. To qualify, you must meet certain income criteria, be working, attending school, or participating in a training program.

The NJ Cares for Kids Program offers subsidized child care to families who exceed the income eligibility for the Child Care Subsidy Program but still struggle with the high cost of child care. This program can subsidize a portion of your child care costs directly to your provider on your behalf.

Fill out an application for utilizing these programs. These forms are available online on the website of the Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development. Once completed, submit them to your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency along with the required supporting documents.

Preschool Education Program

New Jersey is renowned for its state-funded preschool program, which is free for kids from low-income families living in 31 ‘Abbott’ districts. The New Jersey's Department of Education website provides information about who is qualified for the program and how to register.

Additional Resources

For further information, the New Jersey's Department of Children and Families has a Child Care Resource and Referral system to support parents in their struggle to find quality child care. Also, make use of the New Jersey's Department of Education resources to ensure that your child gains the most from their early learning experience.


The search for reliable childcare or a preschool in New Jersey involves a lot of research, site visits, and, importantly, an awareness of available state-subsidized options and how to obtain them. Your efforts will pay off when your children are both safe and flourishing in their learning environments.

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