To highlight the importance of high-quality early childhood programs in Hudson County, the Urban League of Hudson County (ULOHC) is hosting a series of child care resource fairs to educate families about the many programs offered in each municipality.
With a nod to the “Week of the Young Child” which has been observed nationally each April since 1971, ULOHC has provided child care program providers with a free booth to provide parents a one stop opportunity to meet providers and see the different programs offered in their community. Providers are also asked to demonstrate an activity parents can use at home to engage their child in creative play. (And there will be face painting as well for those who dare).
The resource fairs highlight childcare programs that accept subsidy payment from infancy through the 13th year, and up to 19 for adolescents with special needs who qualify. These programs include before and after school care, summer camps, infant and toddler programs and pre-K.
Among the participants are school districts, Head Start and Early Head Start, licensed child care centers and registered home care providers, all of whom meet mandated health and safety standards and many of whom are part of Grow NJ Kids, a voluntary quality rating system for childcare programs in New Jersey.
ULOHC is the Childcare Resource and Referral agency for Hudson County and they administer child care subsidy programs that support working families who qualify. For example, a family of four with both parents working, in school or in a training program full time may qualify if they earn $49,200 or less.
“This opens the door to great opportunities for a child’s development, which might not otherwise be possible” Kevin Jones, a consumer educator explains. “And we planned these resource fairs with enough time to apply for subsidy before summer camps begin.”
Subsidy applications will be available at each event as well as great resource partners like Family Success Centers which provide free programs to support children and families regardless of income.
Find the child care resource fair for programs in your community below:
- North Hudson (program providers from Guttenberg, North Bergen, Secaucus, Union City & West New York) April 7 at Jose Marti Freshman Academy from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- East Hudson (program providers from Bayonne, Hoboken, Jersey City & Weehawken) April 21 at County Prep High School (525 Montgomery St., Jersey City) from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- West Hudson (program providers from East Newark, Harrison & Kearny) May 5 at Harrison High School (401 Kingsland Ave., Harrison) from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For further information or to reserve a booth for your child care program, please contact Kevin Jones, Consumer Education, Urban League of Hudson County at (201) 451-8888 ext. 128.