Provider Requirements

For the first time since 1996, the Federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act has been changed to improve children’s healthy development, safety, and school readiness in child care settings for children birth through age twelve across the nation.  This is the primary federal funding for low-income families who are working or participating in education and training to help them pay for child care.  Because of the new law, Connecticut has made changes to better support children and families in the Care 4 Kids program.
To increase standards for providers and their child care setting, all providers will be required to complete an orientation training and ongoing professional development.  See additional information below by provider type.

Frequently Asked Questions – Changes to C4K Program

Unlicensed Relative Providers

Orientation Requirements:

  1. Provider Orientation Program (POP)
  2. First Aid and CPR

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Health and Safety Requirements:

  • All unlicensed home-based providers must be a close relative.  Close relative is defined as: grandparent/great grandparent, aunt/uncle, and sibling.
  • All relative providers must be 20 years of age or older.
  • All new relative providers may only care for a total of three (3) children at a time.  Of those children, only two (2) children may be under the age of two (2).
  • All relative providers must complete and post this Emergency Plan.  (English, Spanish)
  • All current Care 4 Kids relative providers may only care for a total of three (3) children at a time.  Of those children, only two (2) children may be under the age of two (2).

Annual Professional Development Requirements: Maintaining valid First Aid/CPR certificates

Licensed Family Child Care Providers

Orientation Requirements:

  1. Provider Orientation Program (POP)
  2. First Aid, CPR, and Medication Administration
  3. 2- hour Health and Safety Orientation Program (online)

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Health and Safety Requirements:

  • All Licensed Family Child Care Providers must complete and post this Emergency Plan.  (English, Spanish)

Annual Requirements: 18 hours of annual professional development/training
*Only valid First Aid Certificate must be maintained per OEC Division of Licensing Regulations

Licensed Center-Based and Group Home Providers

Orientation Requirements:

  1. Online Health and Safety Orientation Program

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Annual Requirements: 1% of annual hours worked of professional development/training

License Exempt Public/Private Schools and Municipalities

License-Exempt Centers are defined as those administered by the Board of Education or Municipalities.

Orientation Requirements:

  1. Online Health and Safety Orientation Program

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Annual Requirements: 1% of annual hours worked of professional development/training

Annual Health and Safety Inspections:

  • All license-exempt Board of Education and Municipality administered programs (school-year and summer) are required to pass a health and safety inspection by the Office of Early Childhood Licensing Program.
  • Health and Safety Requirements (school year)
  • Health and Safety Requirements (summer)

In the future all providers must:

  • Undergo comprehensive criminal background checks.
  • All home based providers and their family members age 16 and older will undergo a comprehensive criminal background check.
  • All providers and staff must complete the Health and Safety Orientation by October 1, 2017.

Click on links below to view specific provider requirements:

Additional Family and Provider Development Information:

Click link below to view the family and provider development recording.  Installation of WebEx may be required to access recorded link.

English : https://ctsde.webex.com/ctsde/ldr.php?RCID=2de19d10e68be35d2762422e1771a54e

PDF text version : C4K Information Session