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The NJ counties with the most child care options for working parents

More than 207,000 New Jersey children under the age of 3 live in families where both parents work, meaning some type of child care will be needed.

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NJ child care centers need more help to maintain quality, report finds

A $44 million federal grant, aimed at improving child care quality in New Jersey by implementing a public rating system, is set to run dry by the end of 2017.

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NJ school holidays just another challenge for working parents

A study released last month found that New Jersey parents on average spend $17,868 a year on child care.

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How much do you pay for child care? Study finds high costs in NJ

The analysis found child care costs can consume more than a quarter of New Jersey's median household income, based on Census figures, and the average cost of in-state tuition is thousands less.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the National Guard Association of the United States, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the National Guard Association of the United States, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Trump to unveil new child care affordability policies

Donald Trump is rolling out proposals Tuesday to make child care more affordable, including a plan to guarantee new mothers six weeks of paid maternity leave and create new dependent-care savings accounts.

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NJ child care worker salaries lagging behind preschool, kindergarten teachers

A recent study at the University of California, Berkeley ranked New Jersey sixth among all states in the median hourly wages of both preschool and kindergarten teachers, but 13th for the child care workers who look after kids younger than school age.

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Child care in NJ costs nearly as much as college tuition, study finds

And one way to help parents would be treat day care like college by offering grants and financial aid.

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NJ’s child care programs on the right track, but more work needed

When it comes to programs designed to care for children, New Jersey is among the best in the nation in some areas, however, more work still needs to be done.

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President Barack Obama signs the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 into law, Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama signs the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 into law, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Obama signs bill to revamp federal child care aid

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federally subsidized child care providers will have to conduct criminal background checks on their workers and undergo a yearly inspection under legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

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Cops: NJ nanny passed out drunk, then fled home

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities say a New Jersey nanny passed out drunk while she was supposed to be watching a little boy, then fled and crashed her car into a fire hydrant when his mother got home.

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