Bill Text: NJ S3330 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Amended

Bill Title: Establishes pilot program in DCF to study impact of child care services provided by community providers operating in public school facilities; requires community providers to meet certain criteria. *

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 12-3)

Status: (Enrolled) 2019-09-12 - 2nd Reading in the Senate on Concur. w/Governor's Recommend. (25-5) [S3330 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-S3330-Amended.html

[First Reprint]

SENATE, No. 3330







Sponsored by:


District 8 (Atlantic, Burlington and Camden)


District 7 (Burlington)






     Permits use of public schools and school district property for certain child care services for children younger than school age.



     As reported by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on February 7, 2019, with amendments.


An Act concerning child care services on school district property and amending N.J.S.18A:20-34.


     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:


     1.    N.J.S.18A:20-34 is amended to read as follows:

     18A:20-34.    The board of education of any district may, pursuant to rules adopted by it, permit the use of any schoolhouse and rooms therein, and the grounds and other property of the district, when not in use for school purposes, for any of the following purposes:

     a.    The assembly of persons for the purpose of giving and receiving instruction in any branch of education, learning, or the arts, including the science of agriculture, horticulture, and floriculture;

     b.    Public library purposes or stations of public libraries;

     c.    The holding of such social, civic, and recreational meetings and entertainments and such other purposes as may be approved by the board;

     d.    Such meetings, entertainments, and occasions where admission fees are charged as may be approved by the board;

     e.    Polling places, holding elections, registration of voters, and holding political meetings;

     f.     Child care services provided by the board of education, or a board approved sponsor,  or a child care program licensed pursuant to P.L.1983, c.492 (C.30:5B-1 et seq.), before or after regular school hours, for any school aged child who attends school within the school district ;

     g.    1(1)1 Child care services provided by the board of education, a board approved sponsor, or a child care program licensed pursuant to  P.L.1983, c.492 (C.30:5B-1 et seq.) for children younger than school age and which are provided for less than 24 hours a day.  1[The] Preference for the1 child care services for children younger than school age 1[need not be limited to children who reside within the school district] shall be given to children who reside within the school district and to children of persons employed by the school district whether the employee resides within the school district or outside the school district, and if available space permits the school district may provide the child care services to any child who resides outside the school district1.  

     1(2) Child care services provided pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection shall meet the standards established in the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers promulgated pursuant to
regulations of the Department of Children and Families.  Any revenue raised by a board of education through the provision of child care services pursuant to that paragraph, that exceeds the amount required to provide those child care services, shall be used by the board to support the general fund budget of the school district.1

(cf: P.L.1999, c.83, s.1)


     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.