The Latest: COVID-19 Response


ACNJ is here for NJ children.

We hope you are all staying healthy during this extraordinary time amidst the COVID-19 crisis. With so many questions, fears, worries and many unknowns, ACNJ remains committed to its efforts to advocate for New Jersey's most vulnerable children and their families. We will be communicating often and share updates as they become available. Below you will also find helpful resources to help parents, child care providers and those that work with children and families cope with the challenges of the time.

We want to hear from you.

Let us know your needs. Hearing about the real life, day to day challenges will help inform our advocacy and communication strategies. If you are having child care related issues, please fill out our survey.

ACNJ has partnered with ZERO TO THREE to collect stories about how you have been impacted by COVID-19. We hope that you will complete the very short survey and ask those in your networks to share their stories too. We will take what we learn from you and share with policymakers. Share your story.

Coronavirus stories: We Want to Hear From You
ZERO TO THREE is spreading care! Share your stories to help those caring for babies and toddlers.ZERO TO THREE coronavirus survey

State Response on impact of COVID-19

Latest COVID-19 Child Care Actions by Governor Murphy's Administration

To stay up-to-date with how states are approaching the pandemic, the Alliance for Early Success is collecting and maintaining the latest strategies and resources by state.

New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ Response to COVID-19

The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) takes measures to ensure the safety of both their employees and the families that they serve. Read more

Federal Response on COVID-19

In light of COVID-19, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted their operations to best serve the community to ensure everyone's safety, all while striving towards a complete count. Read more.



New Jersey Information Hub: New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub

Do you need help during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic?
New Jersey Human Services is here to help you and your family.

View flyer with links to resources from paying for groceries, healthcare, child care and mental health services. (View Flyer in  Spanish)

New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance: Helpful links

New Jersey Economic Development: COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses


Do you need help during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic?
New Jersey Human Services is here to help you and your family.

View flyer with links to resources from paying for groceries, healthcare, child care and mental health services. (View Flyer in  Spanish)

In need of immediate help? Feeling overwhelmed?.
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Reach out to these hotlines.


BLOG: School is in session – Homeschooling during a pandemic, by Nina Peckman, ACNJ Staff Attorney



Food Access

Addressing Hunger During Coronavirus crisis, Hunger Free New Jersey

  • Residents who need food assistance can visit and apply for SNAP online at
    *NOTE: D-SNAP (disaster SNAP) is not subject to the public charge option for immigrants.
  • Search food pantries in your area at Call before you go.
  • WIC (Nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children) is open for Business. In light of COVID-19, New Jersey WIC is allowing additional food items in anticipation of limited food selections related to recent events. 


Non-Profit/Business Resources

Business Resources

6 Responses to The Latest: COVID-19 Response

  1. Anirudh Banerji May 11, 2020 at 5:45 pm #

    I have owned child care facilities in NJ since 1991. I shut my facility on March 16th but took a philosophical decision to retain my staff (some of whom have been with us since inception) until I ran out of money. We also offer staff Health benefits. Some of my staff have health issues so I have kept our health benefits going as well. We are located ion River Edge NJ & 99 plus % of our clients are private pay. It is looking increasingly unlikely that we will be able to survive this crisis & reopen. I hope our legislators recognize that ‘normalcy’ cannot return even if employment improves unless there is viable child care available to parents.

  2. Anna Domino May 12, 2020 at 6:11 pm #

    I have owned a prived preschool educational program in NJ since 1998. We are still operating as an Emergency Daycare Center with a 95% enrollment drop. We are in the survival stage. I hope our legislators recognize the crisis in this field. If the employment thas not improves we are going to close the school.

  3. Daniel Harned May 12, 2020 at 9:44 pm #

    if there is no one to watch and educate the children because our childcare centers can not survive possibly half the work force will have to stay home. That means a big drop in payroll taxes to the state and federal government. It would be a good investment to give the childcare centers an education grant. Further some childcare programs are is not an easy business and I don’t see a lot of people wanting to open one in today’s market, and just as hard to get teachers to work, and yes I own two centers that may or may not survive this.

  4. attallah brightwell May 12, 2020 at 11:41 pm #

    As the owner/operator of The Brightwell Center for Children (formerly Blocks & Bridges) since 1991, I have come to realize that the child care industry is one of the least appreciated in the State of New Jersey. Over the last six years I have been in litigation with The Department of Children and Families; Office of Licensing after their inspectors defamed my character and fabricated violations on my report for retaliatory purposes, simply because I terminated the child care services of one of their co-workers who told me that her two poorly behaved children were ” too beautiful to discipline.” From 2013 until 2017 I received over 23 unwarranted 3 – 5 hour inspections (while I was in possession of a license); 9 of them with armed police officers (for no good cause) during business hours. Who would think it’s of to send police officers to a child care center? I had sworn affidavits from parents, visitors, para professionals, teachers and other staff all who witnessed the wrongful misconduct and abuse of power of these government workers as well as hours of video tape, not to mention that there were many laws broken. The long term harassment caused the development of chronic migraines with complications as well as occipital neuralgia that I will live with for the rest of my life and 4 NJ Judges dismissed my claim without even reviewing my evidence. In January 2020, I received that decision and before I could rebuild my business (as I had used my life savings since business was destroyed) COVID hit. So I don’t expect the politicians in this state to care or do anything for me or the children to whom I provide care. Dr. Brightwell

  5. Savanna Ortiz May 12, 2020 at 11:54 pm #

    Grants, funding aren’t available to most of use. We haven’t received assistance with unemployment and our business are closed. How can we provide for our families and keep up with expenses such as utilities and rent for our locations. We are going through very difficult times but it’s our governments duty to help us along the way. We need to prepare for a reopening stage.

  6. Christine L May 14, 2020 at 7:07 pm #

    I’m a current child care worker in north Bergen county nj and after 25 years of serving families with young children I am not convinced even if my director came up with a plan it would indeed be safe . My concerns speak to the experience and lack of basic training in hygiene and health and sanitizing protocols and common sense when it comes to hiring employees. The owners / operators and directors seem more concerned with hiring young inexperienced careless and i uncaring individuals they can aquired at very low pay scales l ( having a live body in a room does not equate good child care ) . If employees don’t take their roles seriously and flippantly disregard protocols put in place for all ( children and staff ) then I don’t think I can even consider returning to this type of work . It’s never been a JOB to me it’s always felt like a calling and my true purpose . I am saddened by the whole environment and that it’s just another money making business .