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Child and Family Resource Services

NORWESCAP Child and Family Resource Services (CFRS) enhances the accessibility and quality of early care and education programs for the child care community. NORWESCAP CFRS implements child care subsidy programs in Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren Counties.



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Resource and Referral 


The Resource and Referral Program provides FREE and confidential referral services for child care options.  A Child Care Specialist can be reached during business hours or after business hours you can receive online referrals by clicking on the Search for Child Care link below: 


 Search for Child Care


A Child Care Specialist can also be reached via email at


NORWESCAP does not endorse or recommend any individual 

child care provider.  We strongly encourage parents to visit and assess each site prior to their final selection of a child care provider.

  •  Available Child Care Options
    • Licensed Child Care Center
    • Registered Family Child Care Providers
    • Head Start Programs
    • School Age Child Care Programs
    • Nursery and Pre K Programs 
    • Summer Camps


If you have any complaints or concerns about a Licensed Child  Care Center, please call the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, Office of Licensing at (877) 667-9845, or your local DYFS office.  


Child Care Inspection Reports are now online.  The New Jersey Department of Children and Families has created a searchable online database of nearly 4,000 state licensed child care centers, enabling parents to search for centers and access a center’s state inspection report.  The Licensed Child Care Center Explorer is available HERE



Family Child Care Registration


NORWESCAP CFRS offers training to become a NJ registered family child care provider.  The training is free and gives you the information needed to start your own home business.  For more information call the CFRS office in your county.

Please feel free to download the Family Child Care Brochure here [download]

If you have any complaints or concerns about a Registered Family Child Care Provider in Hunterdon, Sussex or Warren County, please e-mail us at or call your local office. All complaints for Registered Family Child Care Providers may be called in anonymously.

Administration of Child Care Subsidy

TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) Child Care Subsidy


Basic eligibility for these programs include:

  • Participants are either currently receiving a welfare grant or have within the past two years.
  • Participants receiving welfare must be in job search, CWEP (Community Work Experience) activity, or starting a job.
  • Participants are eligible to receive TCC (Transitional Child Care) upon closed case due to earned income.            

NJCK (New Jersey Cares for Kids) Child Care Subsidy


Basic eligibility for these programs include:

  • Meet income eligibility guidelines
  • Activities that include one of the following:
      • Working 30 hours per week; or
      • Taking 12 college credit; or
      • Attending 20 hours per week training or technical school; or
      • Combination of above to equal full time participation of 30 hours


Applications are available at all NORWESCAP CFRS Offices and can also be downloaded here: 

Hunterdon and Warren County Application

Sussex County Application

NewJersey Care for Kids Subsidy Brochure (English)

NJCK Spanish Application

NewJersey Care for Kids Subsidy Brochure (Spanish)

The NJ Workforce Registry, which moved to in October 2017, allows early childhood and school-age professionals to maintain a record of their experience, education, professional development and credentials in a central location. Additionally, it provides the workforce access to professional development resources, information and training opportunities.

Training Opportunities for Early Childhood Professionals


To be included on NORWESCAP CFRS email list, please go to:  You will receive information on upcoming professional development opportunities, news and updates from the field and employment opportunities.

NORWESCAP Child and Family Resource Services offer trainings to early childhood professionals in Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren Counties.  We offer a variety of training topics including child health & safety, child growth & development, curriculum, assessment & evaluation, professionalism, program management, and establishing relationships with families.   All of which include hands on activities with experienced trainers. We offer onsite trainings at your facility and monthly trainings at our offices.  If you are interested in attending training, please contact the county where the training is occurring. 

The link below will take you to all trainings in New Jersey where you can search by county:                Training opportunities across the State of New Jersey     

NORWESCAP CFRS also provides a valuable quarterly newsletter.  Click here for the most recent copy.    

Additional Services

  • Child Care Food Program
  • Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • First Book Program
  • Parent Education Programs
  • Resource Library for Early Childhood
  • Strengthening Families Initiative

    Additional Information

Choosing A Child Care Program

Care Givers/Teachers

  • Do the care givers/teachers get down on the child’s level to speak to the child?
  • Have staff or caregiver participated in early childhood development classes?
  • Will the care giver/teacher tell you what your child is doing everyday?
  • Are your ideas welcome? Are there ways for you to get involved?
  • Do the care givers/teachers and children enjoy being together?
  • Is there enough staff to serve the children? (Ask NORWESCAP Child & Family Resource Services about the best staff/child ratios for different age groups).


  • Is the atmosphere bright and pleasant?
  • Is there an outdoor play area with a variety of safe equipment?
  • Is their License or certificate posted?
  • Do they have an emergency evacuation plan posted?



  • Is there a daily balance of play time, story time, activity time and naptime?
  • Are the activities right for each age group?
  • Are there enough toys and learning materials for the number of children?

In General

  • Do you agree with the disciplinary practices?
  • Do you hear the sounds of happy children?
  • Are children comforted when needed?
  • Is the program licensed or regulated?
  • Are you permitted to visit any time your child is present

If you have received NORWESCAP services that you are not satisfied with please contact the Administration office to receive a Participant Compliant Form at (908) 454-7000.


Contact Information for Hunterdon, Sussex or Warren County


For information or referrals call the phone numbers listed below,

or e-mail us at:


Hunterdon County   

866-793-3149-toll free

84 Park Avenue E104, Flemington


Sussex County      

866-793-3149-toll free

186 Halsey Road, Suite 1, Newton



Warren County       

866-793-3149-toll free

350 Marshall Street, Phillipsburg



The hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm. 


Donation Information
If you are interested in supporting NORWESCAP, the communities we serve or the Child and Family Resource Services, please call 908-454-7000.


Helpful Links and Resources

877-NJ ABUSE (877-652-2873) The Child Abuse Hotline (State Central Registry) receives all reports of child abuse and neglect 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

Child Care in NJ- Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development (DHS/DFD) Child Care Subsidy Program website. DHS/DFD is  responsible for promoting safe, affordable and accessible high-quality child care services in New Jersey. As so many families know, child care costs can take up a lot of the monthly budget. The Child Care Subsidy Assistance Program is here to help families who are working, in training or school, or a combination of these activities to pay for their child care. This program is funded with state and federal dollars. All parents and providers receiving funds and services through the subsidy program work through Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agencies, which are located in each county.

Grow NJ Kids-Grow NJ Kids is a state-sponsored initiative to raise the quality of child care and early learning throughout New Jersey. Grow NJ Kids gives child care and early learning programs resources to assess and improve their programs, while providing parents with information that allows them to evaluate the quality of programs and make the best choices for their child. The goal is to create a system that encourages ongoing improvement. Grow NJ Kids is part of a national effort. More than 40 other states are at some stage of launching their effort to improve quality. All types of programs can participate in Grow NJ Kids – a child care center, a school- or center-based preschool program, a Head Start program, as well as a registered family child care provider, who cares for children in his/her home.

Child Care Aware of New Jersey (CCANJ)-The New Jersey Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NJACCRRA) is a non-profit organization composed of child care resource and referral agencies serving the twenty-one counties of New Jersey. NJACCRRA promotes a universally accessible, affordable & high quality system of early care & education that is responsive to parental choice. We believe that all children deserve access to high quality, affordable child care. We recognize that families need support in understanding and accessing the child care options in their community and we represent those agencies that help them do so.

National Association for Family Child Care-This website is for family child care providers to get connected with other family child care providers and learn of opportunities in their specific field.

New Jersey Family Child Care Regulations-Link to the NJ Family Child Care Regulations.   

Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers-In New Jersey, child care centers serving six or more children under the age of 13 must be licensed by DCF (Department of Children and Families) a center becomes licensed after meeting all applicable conditions in the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers. Centers are licensed for a three-year period. A copy of the centers’ license must be displayed in a prominent location at the center.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)-NAEYC is the leading membership association for those working with and on behalf of children from birth through age 8. NAEYC convenes thought leaders, teachers and other practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders and sets standards of excellence for programs and teachers in early childhood education.

Child Care Aware (English)                       Child Care Aware (Spanish)

Child Care Aware© is the nation's most respected hub of information for parents and child care providers. A program of Child Care Aware® of America, Child Care Aware® helps families learn more about the elements of quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. Child Care Aware® also provides child care providers with access to resources for their child care programs.

Prevent Child Abuse America -(PCA America) has led the way in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children.

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey-Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey is a nonprofit organization working to end child abuse. Their mission is to prevent child abuse in all of its forms, for all of New Jersey’s children.

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network-The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network offers SPAN Information Specialists who assist parents, educators, service providers in attaining appropriate education and health care services for children.  Extensive publications related to education, law and advocacy, school reform, health and disability issues.  An Annual conference for parents and educators: workshops, networking, exchange of ideas and information.

NJ Parent Link-NJ Parent Link is a statewide website initiative made possible by the work of the New Jersey Early Childhood Comprehensive System (NJ ECCS) Team.  The focus of the website is to highlight NJ state services and resources. Federal, nationally-respected and community partner resources are also included.

United Way of Northern New JerseyUnited Way of Northern New Jersey serves five counties which account for 1,700 square miles with 1.2 million residents. It is a region with amazing resources, expertise, and talent. They cover Warren, Sussex, Morris, Somerset and North Essex.

United Way of New Jersey Keep Kids Safe-Keep Kids Safe is an initiative coordinated by United Way of Northern New Jersey to provide parents with resources for effective parenting and to increase community awareness on issues related to childhood abuse and neglect. Organized in Sussex County, the group is comprised of social service agencies committed to children’s welfare and development, along with community volunteers.

If you have any complaints or concerns about a Licensed Child  Care Center, please call the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, Office of Licensing at (877) 667-9845, or your local DYFS office.   License child care monitoring reports can be accessed here

Important Changes for Licensed and Registered Child Care Providers [download]



Summer Youth Camp registration will take place between March – May 2018 and will be administered by DFD. Youth camps will be required to complete the below “New Jersey Child Care Subsidy Youth Camp Registration Form” (CC-211) and submit the following documents directly to DFD to ensure compliance with building, zoning and fire codes and New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) 8:25. See Below “Registration Form” (CC-211) and Summer Youth Camp flyer.

Registration form [click here]

Youth Camp Flyer  [click here]

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Program Director

Sharon Giacchino

Program Director

Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren Counties

Thank you so much for your presentation at our meeting last month on what to look for in a preschool. The information presented was not only educational, but important for all parents of preschool age children.”