Programs for Parents

COVID-19 Impact

A NAEYC survey in April 2020 reported that 82% of child care programs were completely closed in New Jersey, with another 11% open only for children of essential workers. Of providers who are still open, 75% were operating at less than 25% capacity.

Emergency Fund

Programs for Parents launched a COVID-19 emergency fund to support the 180 registered family child care providers and 120 family, friend, and neighbor providers in Essex County, the largest county in the state of New Jersey. The goal of the fund is to address the immediate needs of home base providers to ensure that they can adequately reopen or continue to provide safe and healthy child care services to children. Ultimately, the fund will help to maintain the supply of home-based child care, ensure access to child care for essential workers, and to stabilize the economic status of home-based caregivers and providers in Essex County.

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Home-Based Caregivers Provide More than the Essentials for Parents Who Don’t Work 9-5

or many parents who work non-traditional hours, home-based child care is the best choice because home-based programs are flexible, accessible, and create a nurturing family atmosphere where children can play and sleep comfortably.
Photo Cred: M By Michaela Photography

Home for the Holidays

Home-based providers celebrate holidays and the cultural traditions with the families they serve, which strengthens children’s cultural identity and sense of belonging.

How La Red Latina de Educación Temprana Supports the Mental Health of Children and Their Caregivers

Community needs shifted with the pandemic. While the well-being of children remained a priority, the team at La Red saw the impact that COVID-19 was having on mental health and took action.