Child Care FAQs

We know that being on a long waiting list can be frustrating, so we've put together frequently asked questions(FAQs) and answers with the hope that this information will be helpful to you. If you have any questions not answered here please  contact us.  Thank you for your patience!

1. How long is the waiting list?

The length of the waiting list varies, but is generally longer for children who are part time.   Rutgers Newark  has a licensed capacity of up 30 children; two years old or older.

2. Will a part time opening be available sooner than full time?

Unfortunately most of the time part time openings are rare because most children are enrolled on a full time basis. Often a part time work schedule requires a full time child care schedule because of the days and hours care is needed. See our Child Care Schedules  page for complete information about part time vs full time schedules.

3. Can I stop in anytime and have a look around?

We are happy to have you visit us and take a tour of our facilities! However, in order to provide a safe and secure environment for the children in our care, as well as to avoid upsetting their daily routine we prefer that you make an appointment instead of just dropping in. Parents of enrolled children are elcome to drop in at any time, however grandparents and other family members should also make an appointment beforehand.

4. If my child turns two will he/she go to the bottom of the list?

We maintain one central waiting list for our program. Your family's name
is added to the list in the order of original date of application. It
will remain higher on the list than families who applied after you and
lower on the list than families who applied before you, regardless of
your child's age.

5. How come a family who applied after us was offered a space first?

In rare cases a family who is lower on the list may be offered an
opening before families that are higher on the list. Priority is given
to siblings of currently enrolled children and families whose requested
schedule most closely matches the available opening. For instance a full
time opening will be offered to the first family requesting a full time

6. Will we be told where I am on the list?

As much as we'd love to keep families updated on your position on the
waiting list, we really prefer to spend time playing with the children
instead. The waiting list is always undergoing change as enrollment
offers are accepted or declined, families request changes in schedules
or preferred start dates, etc. Although we do not send out automatic
updates, you are more than welcome to contact us at any time to see
where you are on the waiting list!

7. What if Grandma decides to watch our child instead?

If your child care needs change in any way we'd appreciate a quick email
or phone call so we can keep our waiting list current. We generally
contact each family on the waiting list once a year to see if their
needs have changed, however you can update your information at any time.

8. What can we do to help us get a spot sooner?

One of the most important things you can is to start looking for care as
soon as possible! Due to licensing ratios infant openings are especially
hard to find so you should get on a waiting list right away - don't wait
for your baby to be born before you start looking for care. Requesting a
full time opening may also help you obtain a spot sooner than requesting
a part time position. If we know you would prefer a part time schedule
we can look for another family to fill in the open spots in your
schedule, but in the meantime enrolling full time would guarantee your

9. Do you know any other center or child care provider with openings?

We don't recommend any other center or child care provider, however our
area Child Care Resource and Referral can help you find regulated child
care. The charge for this service is based on your family's income, and
is good for up to 3 months of referrals at a time.

10. What happens next?

The waiting list offers "right of first refusal" for available openings;
families will be offered available openings according to priority, date
of application, and how closely the requested child care schedule fits
the available opening. After being offered an opening you have 24 hours
to accept or decline the offered opening. If you choose to decline the
opening your name will be moved to the bottom of the waiting list. If
you choose to accept the opening you must submit a completed enrollment
Intent/Acceptance form with the enrollment fee within 24 hours of being
notified or the opening will be offered to the next family on the list.
The opening must be used within one week of notification or the
appropriate holding fee paid to hold the opening.

Child Care Committee members: Brenda Hopper, Deborah Walker-McCall, Diane Hill, Eleonora Luongo, Ester Canty, Gretchen Van de Walle, Lenore Pearson, Marcia Brown, Miriam Cruz-Motalvo, Roseanne Rivera, Sandra Samuels

For more information, contact Lenore Pearson at 973-353-5541 or send e-mail to

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