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Child Care Facilities Improvement Program

Rolling Application


The Child Care Facilities Improvement Program provides grants for facilities improvement to New Jersey child care providers that provide high quality early childhood learning environments.

Applicants are limited to one application per DCF-licensed child care center location, and two applications per Entity ID Number (EIN) .

Start Date:

November 15, 2022


  • Child care center licensed by New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJDCF) as of June 4th, 2021
  • Currently enroll, or have enrolled in the 12 months prior to the date of application, at least one child receiving support through New Jersey Department of Human Services (NJDHS) Child Care Assistance Program
  • For-profit businesses or non-profit organizations that can own or lease space
  • Be in good standing with the New Jersey Departments of Labor and Workforce Development, Environmental Protection, NJDCF, and NJDHS
  • Must not be debarred from receiving federal funds, as indicated through System for Award Management (SAM)
  • Contractors conducting facility improvements must be New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) Public Works Registered Contractors and abide by state prevailing wage and affirmative action requirements

Project elements that can be covered by this grant:

  • Labor and materials cost for interior and exterior facility improvements to create high quality early childhood learning environments. See the full list of eligible facility improvement projects
  • Soft costs are capped at up to 20% of total grant and are limited to: architect fees, permit fees, construction management, freight and shipping delivery, environmental assessment


  • Grant between $50,000 to $200,000
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