PATERSON, NJ – An announced increase in child care subsidy rates will have a direct, and positive, impact on Paterson families, according to Coleen Stevens Porcher, CEO  of 4CS of Passaic County.

Serving as the designated Child Care Resource and Referral Agency for Passaic County, the non-profit known for punching above its weight when it comes to services rendered compared to available resources, 4CS offers an array of assistance programs for parents and children, including child care subsidies and Child Development Associate Training. The services, Porcher told TAPinto Paterson previously, are all personalized and chosen on a case by case basis based on the needs of the clients they serve.

 

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According to a Friday announcement by New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy and Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson, by increasing the amount of dollars available to the critical programs made available through 4Cs and their counterparts across New Jersey, the Murphy Administration is helping more families find services they need and advancing quality child care.

Whether the childcare is home based or in a larger center, Porcher said, it’s critical that all children regardless of socioeconomic background, have access to high quality and safe learning environments as early as possible. The increased subsidies, as well as an additional $200,000 in child care center improvement grants, will go a long way towards that, she continued.

“We are grateful that Governor Murphy recognizes that when it comes to supporting early childhood education it is never too early to start,” Porcher added.  

“I am thrilled that through this $38 million investment, more and more families will be able to afford quality child and infant care programs,” First Lady Murphy said. “As we work towards a healthier future for every mother, every baby, and every family in New Jersey, we must ensure that our working families can access the best quality care for their children.”

“We serve parents every single day that want to go to work, that want to provide for their families, but the ever increasing cost of childcare simply makes that impossible,” Porcher said. “These are the same families that are the building blocks of any strong community, when we invest in them the returns can only be favorable.”

 

To apply for a program through 4Cs or to find out what may be available to help you, call (973) 684-1904, visit the office at Two Market St. on the 3rd floor or click here.

 

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