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Daycares/Preschools Accepting Urban League in Jersey City

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Daycare/Preschools Accepting Urban League in Jersey City

Since 1972, the Urban League of Hudson County (ULOHC) has been an effective agent of change in our community. They are a non-profit {501(c)3} community-based organization with a dedicated staff of professionals providing education, mentorship, economic development, job placement, childcare, family counseling, and programs for seniors.

N.J. Cares for Kids (NJCK) provides childcare assistance for working families and full-time students who live in Hudson County and meet the state’s guidelines. This subsidy will help you pay for childcare for infants, toddlers, preschool-age children, school-age children up to age thirteen (13), and children with special needs up to age nineteen (19). The program is statewide. It is called the Child Care Assistance Program. Low- to moderate-income families apply to the program through a CCR&R organization (Child Care Resource and Referral). Each county has different CCR&R organizations. For Hudson County, the CCR&R is the Urban League of Hudson County. Here is a list of all of the CCR&Rs for the state:

Parents must meet the income eligibility requirements and work at least 30 hours per week or attend school 20 hours per week to qualify for the subsidy program. If approved, a family may use the voucher provided to attend any childcare or early learning facility registered with the CCR&R and accepts the voucher. The CCR&Rs keep lists of providers who receive the subsidy voucher. The voucher may also be used for school-age children (kindergarten-13 years old) before and after-school care/programs (also known as an extended day or wrap-around).

Once a parent finds a program they would like their child to attend; they need to take their voucher paperwork to the program. The program completes the provider section of the paperwork, and the parent returns the paperwork to the CCR&R. The CCR&R then files the paperwork and sends the provider an approval letter that includes the date the child may start the program.

Eligibility Requirements for Parent/Applicant

  • Must be a New Jersey resident;
  • Must meet income requirements and not have assets that exceed $1 million;
  • Must be working full time (30 hours or more a week), attending school full time (12 credits or more), or in job training (at least 20 hours a week);
  • Depending on family size and income, you may have to contribute to the cost of care (co-pay)

Eligibility Requirements for Child

  • Up to the age of 13, or less than age 19, if under the N.J. Division of Child Protection and Permanency’s protective supervision or mentally or physically incapable of self-care;
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen;
  • Must reside with parent(s), or individual(s) acting as parent(s) (in loco parentis)

***NEW APPLICANTS*** Completing and Submitting an Application 

Daycares/Preschools Accepting Urban Leauge In Jersey City

Sweet Dreams Academy

661 Montgomery Street. Jersey City

Sweet Dreams began in 1998 in North Bergen, New Jersey. Founded by the Pacheco family, Sweet Dreams quickly became a staple in the community. Sweet Dreams respects and values the academic journey offered to children. They recognize the level of compassion, patience, and love children require to reach their full potential in a learning environment. Knowing that all children grow and learn at their own pace is key to building a space that caters to all different children and their specific needs. Sweet Dreams is committed to the families we serve and the children we teach.

Their facility provides children with everything they need to learn and grow. They have brand-new indoor and outdoor learning and play areas, and designated reading areas. The school was built new to accommodate a fresh and exciting learning space for all those who attend! Please contact them to learn more about their programs and urban league coverage.

Bergen-Lafayette Montessori

324 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City

The Bergen-Lafayette Montessori School created a diverse, bilingual, Montessori educational environment that provides children the independence and freedom they need to develop while giving them the tools to grow into responsible and civic-minded adults.

The mission of Bergen-Lafayette Montessori School is to provide access to a high-quality Montessori early childhood education for a student population that represents and celebrates the ethnic, socio-economic, racial, and ability diversity of Jersey City! The school provides programs that tend to toddlers 18 months – 3 years old, preschoolers and kindergartners 3 – 6 years old, and lower elementary students 6 – 9 years old.

At BLMS, they believe in all access to high-quality early childhood education. They accept the state subsidy voucher. The state subsidy voucher does not cover the entire cost of their school’s tuition. So their school community also fundraises each year for their scholarship program. They provide financial aid to families with the subsidy voucher, so the remainder of their tuition is covered in full in most instances.

Smart Start Academy

Multiple Locations

Smart Start Academy is dedicated to bringing the best environment for learning and creativity to each student. Their full-day programs have a curriculum that meets every learning style that nurtures every aspect of a child- the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social aspects.

Smart Start Academy’s Mission:

“Our mission is to create a nurturing, safe and respectful environment for our students, parents, and teachers. In addition, we strive to create an exceptional learning experience for the whole child, cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically, and creatively.”

The Growing Tree II Learning Center Jersey City

27 Fisk St, Jersey City, NJ 07305

The Growing Tree II Learning Center in Jersey City is a program of UCP of Hudson County that provides daycare services for children 6 weeks to 4 years of age. Their program is housed in a one-story building with ADA accessibility and an enclosed playground. The Growing Tree II comprises four classrooms, each serving a separate age group as specified by the New Jersey Office of Licensing. It maintains child/staff ratios following these regulations as well.

Their center, located in downtown Jersey City, is within walking distance for many of the families served. Public transportation is also easily accessible (bus lines, light rail, and the path train are within 2-3 blocks), making it an easy commute into New York City. Set up a virtual meeting by calling them at (201) 386-1502 or emailing them at [email protected]

Updated January  23rd, 2023

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