Urban League of Hudson County

Children Services/Childcare

Child Care Resource & Referral Services/Finding a Provider

This public service offers childcare referrals through our computerized database of registered family child care providers, licensed child care centers, after-school programs, and summer programs in Hudson County. Referral counselors will identify providers based on parents' specific childcare needs. Technical assistance for providers and parent/consumer education are also available free of charge.

Choosing Quality Care: What You Need To Know Before You Choose A Provider

  • START EARLY
    Start looking as far in advance as you can because finding the right child care option can take some time.
     
  • MAKE A CALL
    Begin your search by calling your local experts-your child care resource and referral (CCR&R) center/agency. Call 1-800-332-9227 Childcare helpline of N.J. to find the local CCR&R in your county.
     
  • VISIT AND ASK QUESTIONS
    Make sure to visit the child care option you are considering and look for these quality indicators: *Adult to child ratio
    How many children are there for each adult? The younger your child, the more important it is to have fewer children per adult. Babies need an adult to child ratio of no more than 1:4 (one adult for four infants. Four year olds can do well with a ration of 1:10 (one adult for ten children).
     
  • MAKE A CHOICE
    Think about what you saw at each site and make the best choice for your family.
     
  • STAY INVOLVED
    Consider yourself and your caregiver partners: schedule meetings, volunteer if needed, visit site and read a book aloud, join in for field trips, holidays, etc.

 

QUALITY INDICATORS

*Adult to child ratio:
How many children are there for each adult? The younger your child, the more important it is to have fewer children per adult. Babies need an adult to child ratio of no more than 1:4 (one adult for four infants. Four year olds can do well with a ration of 1:10 (one adult for ten children).

*Group size:
How many children are there in each group? The smaller the group the better

*Caregiver qualifications:
Ask about the caregivers' training and education. Caregivers with degrees and/or special training in working with children will be better able to help your child learn.

*Turnover:
Find out how long caregivers have been at the center or providing care in their home. It is best if children stay with the same caregiver for at least one year.

*Accreditation:
Find out if the child care provider has been accredited by a national organization.. The National Association for the Education of the Young Children (NAEYC) and The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) are the two largest organizations that accredit child care programs.


Disclaimer

The Urban League of Hudson County does not license, endorse or recommend any specific provider. It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to meet with all prospective providers in order to determine the child care arrangements that best suits their own needs.

Complaint Process

Your Opinion Is Important To Us
If you are not satisfied with the conditions you find in either a Child Care Center or a Registered Provider's home, you may call us at (201) 451-8888 and ask to speak to the Family Child Care Supervisor or you may call the Bureau of Licensing directly at (609) 826-3980.

If you are not satisfied with the services received from this Child Care Resource & Referral Agency, you may call us at (201) 451-8888 and ask to speak to the Resource & Referral Coordinator or the Children’s Services Program Director.

Confidentiality statement

All client and family information is kept confidential and is used strictly for referral purposes.  This CCR&R does not share client information with any outside agencies.  Clients may disclose U.S. census information if they so choose. (i.e. race, national origin, etc.)

Additional Resources

National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
Zero to Three
National Association for the Education of Young Children
New Jersey School Age Care Coalition
New Jersey Department of Human Services
Scholastic
Child Care Aware
NJ 211
Coalition of Infant/Toddlers Educators

Request a Referral in Your Area

To request referrals in your area, complete the form below:

Parent's Name
Child's Name
Child's Date of Birth
Address (optional)
City
State
Zip (please include)
Email Address
Home Phone
Cell Phone
Licensed Centers
 

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For more information, please call (201) 451-8888 ext. 141 or wpadilla@ulohc.org

 

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