Right now, Governor Murphy has a chance to sign into law a bill that will provide funding stability to these programs—both center-based and family child care—small businesses that care for and educate children from low-income families. This bill will change the payment practice by paying providers based on a program’s enrollment and not its attendance.
The previous payment practice, based on attendance, left programs uncertain of their month-to-month payment from the State. This was an unsustainable business model before the pandemic and it would be for the future of the state's child care system if programs return to a flawed system of payment. Tell the Governor to sign the A4746/S3947 bill now!
Click hereto read about the difference between enrollment vs attendance and how this helps strengthen the state's child care system.
The policy change in this bill will be a lifeline for many of these small businesses, that are primarily owned by women, many of whom are women of color. It will provide them with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their state funding will be predictable every month — and that can lead to stronger quality programs, increased program access to children and families and money to address workforce issues.