Interested in starting a registered Home-Based (FCC or FFN) Program?
Beverly Ramos, FCC/FFN Manager 856-537-2322
Yvonne Jimenez, Gloucester/Cape May FCC/FFN: 856-537-2322
Lakea Nicholson, Atlantic FCC/FFN Coordinator: 609-904-2065; Sheena Carson 609-904-2065; Jabria Barker-Moody 609-904-2084
Kathy Grant, Cumberland FCC/FFN: 856-462-2525
Tonya Kidd, Salem FCC/FFN: 856-469-2406
Are you interested in starting your own family child care business? RSRCCR&R staff can assist you to develop and promote a developmentally appropriate program (DAP) to meet and exceed minimum requirements.
Our regional team will assist you from start to finish as you register your new program, and will help you meet the state’s mandatory criminal background checks and health/safety requirements. Our Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, or Salem Family Child Care/Family, Friends, and Neighbors Managers will assist you to ensure you are scheduled for a mandatory FCC/FFN Orientation, help you in correctly filling out the application forms, as well as provide you the most current preservice and professional development calendar.
Please use the following New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development's (DFD) requirements for your personal check-off list:
Family Child Care Homes (also known as family day care homes) provide care for five or fewer children below 13 years of age in the provider's private residence. Family child care providers may choose to become voluntarily registered through Child Care Resource and Referral Centers under contract with the Department of Human Services.
Take these steps to provide child care in your home:
- If you are a New Jersey resident, you may choose to become a registered family child care provider and care for up to five children in your home. To become a registered family child care provider, submit an application to your county RSRCCR&R’s FCC Manager (Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, or Salem).
- You will need to submit:
- two character references;
- results of a medical examination and tuberculin Mantoux test;
- disclosures of any criminal convictions; and
- consent forms for Child Abuse Record Information (CARI) background checks for everyone living or working in your home who is at least 14 years old.
- Have a home inspection by the RSRCCR&R’s FCC staff, which includes an examination of the numbers and ages of the children in care, health, safety, program activities, nutrition, supervision, discipline, record-keeping and communication with families.
- Complete and submit an online membership application to the NJ Early Childhood Registry at PINJ Registry (RSRCCR&R requirement) to access/document newly mandated Orientation and Preservice trainings:
- Upon issuance of the Registration Certificate the provider shall pay a $25 fee to RSRCCR&R. (per Manual of Requirements for Family Child Care Registration page 26, 10:126-5.6)
In addition, BEFORE new FCC or FFN applicants can start their program, each candidate is required to attend newly mandated eighteen (18) hours of pre-service training given free of charge by the RSRCCR&R or online provider (more details to follow):
Required Health and Safety Training Topics for current FCC/FFN and all new applicants (new applicants cannot access trainings until CARIs are returned to the CCR&R):
- New FCC/FFN applicant Orientation (face-to-face, offered monthly at our CCR&R offices) 2 hours
- First Aid and pediatric CPR provided by our CCR&R offices (call the respective CCR&R office in your county) 6 hours
- Child Developement: can be taken at any one our CCR&R offices, 2 hours
- topics include child growth and development
- Child Abuse and Neglect (can be completed either online through Mindflash [more information to follow]) or in person at our CCR&R offices 2 hours
- topics include: child abuse and neglect; disciplie, mandated reporting, child maltreatment
- All face-to-face trainings will be available at your CCR&R; review the schedule above.
- The free “Health and Safety Basics” is also available online at http://extension.psu.edu/youth/betterkidcare/on-demand/states-with-approval/new-jersey.
- Click "Sign in On Demand Now", create your customer profile, click on to the "Required Health and Safety Trainings" for New Jersey;
- scroll down until you find New Jersey Child Care Subsidy Health and Safety Training then you may access the online module and complete at your own pace.
- The website will generate its own certificate that you will need to print for proof of module completions. 6 hours
- Safe Spaces
- Transportation Safety
- Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials
- Emergency Preparedness
- Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases
- Food and Allergic Reactions and How to Respond
- Overview of Medication Adminstration
- Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abuse Head Trauma
- Safe Sleep and Sudden/Unexplained Infant Death Syndrome Prevention
All new applicants and current FCC/FFN providers must demonstrate proof of new Health & Safety preservices. Please review the professional development calendar to schedule your orientation, preservices and CPR/FA.