Murphy earmarks $250M for child care

Speaking from the Edgar Child Care Center in Metuchen, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Aug. 28 shared details about the creation of the $250 million COVID Child Care Initiative.

The money will be divided into “four different buckets,” said Murphy, who broke it down as follows:

  • $50 million to provide restart grant funds for child care providers who will have reopened by Oct. 1
  • $30 million for child care providers to receive a subsidy grant on top of that of $75 per subsidy-eligible child per month from September to December
  • $20 million to provide full-time subsidies for working families making less than 200% of the federal poverty level who are subsidy eligible and require additional child care for remote learning during the school day due to COVID-19
  • $150 million to establish tuition assistance for those families who are not eligible for the aforementioned subsidy but who earn up to $75,000 a year and need supervision for their school-age children during the school day

The COVID Child Care Initiative will be run by the Department of Human Services.