The New Jersey Department of Human Services want to remind families with incomes up to $150,000 to apply as soon as possible for the school-age tuition assistance program. It can help families with child care costs as schools operate remotely.

This year’s program application will be closed on December 7, 2020. With a little over two weeks to apply, the New Jersey Department of Human Resources is urging families to complete the process.

Families can apply for assistance by completing an online application at www.ChildCareNJ.gov. Those applying need proof of income and a notice or announcement from their child’s school of a remote learning schedule, including hours.

Under the program guidelines, families with incomes up to $150,000 are eligible for tuition assistance. Tuition assistance is available through December 30th for eligible New Jersey residents with school-age children, 5 to 13 years old.

The tuition assistance is paid directly to the family’s selected licensed child care centers or registered family child care provider. Based on families’ need, recipients are eligible for either full- or part-time support.

“We urge all eligible families who need this assistance to apply as soon as possible,” said Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson. “There’s still time for hard-working families across New Jersey to get help as this challenging time continues. Apply before December 7th to ensure you get this valuable assistance.”

The program is funded with federal Coronavirus Relief Fund money and is part of an initiative announced by Governor Murphy to support working families and child care. As part of this initiative, Human Services also has provided grant funding to licensed child care centers and registered family child care providers to support operational costs related to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.