Child Care Centers are programs that care for 6 or more children less than 13 years of age for less than 24 hours a day. Child Care Centers must be licensed unless they are excluded or exempt from licensure by law. Only the following types of programs are excluded or exempt:
Church operated programs that were operating before May 1984 do not have to be licensed, but must meet all the physical facility and life/safety requirements in the licensing manual.
Family Child Care is the care of up to 5 children for a fee in a private residence for part of the day. The person caring for the children is called a family child care provider. Licensing is not required for family child care providers in NJ (as long as they care for no more than 5 children under the age of 13). However, the state has developed a voluntary registration program for family child care providers who have chosen to meet state requirements for home safety and program quality. By selecting a registered provider, you will be assured that the home has been inspected and the provider has been screened and has attended an 8 hour training program. Registration, however is not a guarantee of quality. As a parent, you play an essential role in monitoring the care received by your child. BCCAP is the sponsoring organization for family child care registration in Burlington County. For additional information contact the Family Child Care Education Coordinator at 609-261-6834, ext. 150.