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Department of Children's Services

DiPiero Center
512 Lakeland Rd., Suite 200
Blackwood, NJ 08012 
(856) 374-6376
Fax: (856) 374-6394

children@camdencounty.com


Sister Donna Minster, Director

Who We Are
As the Child Care Resource and Referral agency for Camden County, the Camden County Department of Children's Services is responsible for the coordination of child care services within the 37 County municipalities. The office operates as an agency under the administration of the Board of Freeholders, supported by local, state, and federal funding.

Our Mission
As the Child Care Resource & Referral agency, the Camden County Department of Children's Services exists to promote and support quality, accessible and affordable child care services for all families in Camden County.
 

Available Child Care Options

  • Child Care Centers
  • Registered Family Child Care Homes
  • Head Start Programs
  • School Age Child Care Programs
  • Nursery and Pre-K Programs
  • Summer Camps 

Services We Offer

  • Free resource and referral for families seeking child care in Camden County 
  • Administration of child care subsidy programs for income eligible families
  • Family Child Care Registration
  • Technical Assistance to licensed and registered providers and prospective providers 
  • Training and professional development programs for child care providers
  • Community outreach and education regarding child care issues and parenting 
  • Resource development for child care

What to Look for When Choosing Child Care

  • The program is licensed or registered
  • Parents are invited to visit anytime and their involvement is encouraged
  • Policies are in writing
  • The facility is clean, safe and inviting
  • Adult/child ratios meet licensing requirements
  • Group sizes are small to allow for personal attention 
  • The program provides a well-rounded schedule with choices of age appropriate activities 
  • The children and staff seem happy and interact in a positive way 
  • The staff is educated in child development 
  • Discipline methods are positive and consistent 
  • Children are treated as individuals 
  • Space is available for quite play, active play, and outdoor play


Regulatory Agencies for Camden County

Child Care Centers, Head Start, Preschools, Nursery Schools, School Age Child Care, Co-ops: 

Bureau of Licensing (DYFS)
(609) 292-9220

Family Child Care: 
Department of Children's Services
(856) 374-6376

Summer Camps: 
NJ Department of Health and Senior Services
(609) 292-1021

 

Our Locations

DiPiero Center
512 Lakeland Rd Suite 200
Blackwood, NJ 08012
(856) 374-6376
Fax: (856) 374-6394 

Work First New Jersey Child Care
2600 Mt. Ephraim Avenue, Suite 105
Camden, NJ 08104.
(856) 968-4290
Fax: (856) 968-4222

 

Children's Defense Fund Links


Resource for childcare out of our local/State area

www.childcareaware.org

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