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.
Effective December 1, 2023, The Office of Early Childhood, the Care 4 Kids program and the Department of Children and Families have partnered to streamline the application for all DCF children’s child care payments. Please click here (Haga clic aquí para Español) for more information.
Effective December 1, 2023, families who are experiencing homelessness will be given the highest priority for C4K and will not be placed on the waitlist. Please click here (Haga clic aquí para Español) for more information, including the definition of homelessness and the updated eligibility criteria for homeless families. Please click here for housing resources.
Care 4 Kids Contact Center may be experiencing higher than normal call volume, resulting in a longer wait time. If you are a licensed provider, please contact your Provider Liaison directly through secure messaging for faster assistance.
Click on the button below to view details of the Care 4 Kids enrollment management waitlist status. Enrollment management waitlist status
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/
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 AND working or participating in a JFES activity, 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 … Continue reading
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
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
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.
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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