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New Jersey is raising the income limits so more families are eligible for a new state program designed to dramatically cut childcare costs for school-age kids who are remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
The annual income cap for the New Jersey School-Age Tuition Assistance Program has increased from $75,000 to $150,000, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday at his latest coronavirus briefing in Trenton.
The state program provides up to $634 a month to cover childcare costs for students between ages 5 and 13 attending schools that are remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“This will allow more families to receive the support they need to afford childcare,” Murphy said.
The money from the $150 million program can be used to pay for daycare centers, YMCAs, camps or other licensed childcare providers offering programs to looks after students who can’t go to class because their schools are remote learning every day or several days a week.
The state began taking applications for the program last month. Those who were rejected because their family income was more than $75,000 should reapply under the new $150,000 income limit, state officials said.
Under the program:
— Families can apply online at ChildCareNJ.gov. Applicants will be asked to provide a copy of their school’s remote learning schedule and proof of their gross household income, such as pay stubs and tax forms.
— The money is available for students between ages 5 and 13 whose schools are remote learning either every day, part time or a few days a week.
— Children in licensed childcare centers could be eligible for up to $634 a month for full-time care or $317 a