Care 4 Kids helps low to moderate income families in Connecticut pay for child care costs. This program is sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood.
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Licensed Family Child Care Annual Health and Safety Professional Development Audit
Beginning April 2023, the Office of Early Childhood will begin an Annual Health and Safety Professional Development Audit. The audit will monitor all family child care providers on an annual basis to ensure all health and safety training requirements have been met. The audit will be completed by Office of Early Childhood monitoring staff. For more information regarding the Annual Health and Safety requirements, please click here: https://www.ctcare4kids.com/provider-information/providertrainingrequirements/
Important Updates to Care 4 Kids Eligibility
Enrollment Management Waitlist: Effective March 1, 2023, as part of program enrollment management, Care 4 Kids will begin placing new applicants who are working, attending higher education or participating in Workforce Development on an enrollment management waitlist. Applications for families who are TFA recipients, former TFA recipients within the past 5 years and teen parents ages 18 and 19 who attend high school or equivalent will be processed and eligibility determined at the time of application. This is for new applications only, there will be no change to families currently enrolled or at redetermination. Those families placed on the enrollment … Continue reading
Understanding the C4K Provider Training and Orientation Requirements
Click here to view the Health and Safety Provider Requirement flowchart- English Haga clic aquí para ver el Requisitos de Cumplimento de Salud y Seguridad diagrama de flujo- Español
Providers: Helpful Tips Accessing and Understanding Your Care 4 Kids Payments
For assistance with accessing and understanding your Care 4 Kids payment summaries, invoices and different types of child care payments, please click on the Provider Portal/Electronic Payment FAQs.
NEW CARE 4 KIDS ONLINE APPLICATION
Exciting news! Care 4 Kids applications can now be completed and submitted online. Once your application is submitted, you will also be able to upload additional documents necessary to process your application. Please click here to apply for Care 4 Kids using the new online application.
INCOME ELIGIBILITY HAS INCREASED FOR NEW APPLICANTS
The State of Connecticut received child care relief funding through the American Rescue Plan Act. These funds have allowed Care 4 Kids to temporarily expand child care assistance to families with income up to 60% of the state median income (SMI). Click here to see the income limits for your family size. This increase in income eligibility will only remain in effect while funding received through the American Rescue Plan Act is available, so apply today!
New Approvable Education and Training Programs
Have you been waiting to get your GED or high school equivalency, go back to school for undergraduate studies, or train for a job because of child care costs? The time has never been better to pursue your goals! For a limited amount of time, Connecticut families can get financial assistance through Care 4 Kids to help pay for child care costs while attending school or work training. Click here for more information (Español) Click here for Frequently Asked Questions
Electronic Notices Option in the Provider Portal
Care 4 Kids is now offering child care providers the option to receive electronic delivery of notices directly in your provider portal account. Switching to electronic delivery mean less paper to manage, no mail delays and having your notices stored in the provider portal. To sign up for this new option you can change your communication preference from mail delivery to electronic delivery in the Provider Portal. Providers that sign up to receive electronic delivery will no longer receive communications in the mail. Please click here for information on how to switch to electronic delivery.
Public Charge Fact Sheet
Effective February 24, 2020, there are new standards regarding public charge laws to identify people who may depend on government benefits. For more information, please click below on the Fact Sheet.
Good News!!! Income Eligibility has increased for Current C4K Families at Redetermination
Care 4 Kids has a second income eligibility limit of < 65% of state median income (SMI) to families whose redetermination date is 10/01/2019 and beyond. This means that a family can stay on the program if they meet all program eligibility requirements and their new income remains less than 65% SMI at redetermination. To qualify your family must: Currently be on Care 4 Kids assistance. Have an income less than 65% SMI. What’s SMI? The State Median Income looks at your income and family size in order to figure out if you are eligible. Use this chart https://www.ctcare4kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/SMI-19-20-xls.pdf to … Continue reading
Provider Orientation and Training
Provider Orientations are mandatory training for all home based Care 4 Kids providers. There are also a variety of trainings offered through the Office of Early Childhood Quality Improvement System.Register
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