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.
As part of the Coronavirus relief package passed by Congress in December, Governor Lamont has dedicated $8 million to paying Care 4 Kids family fees for new and existing families who receive child care subsidies (Care4Kids) beginning April 1, 2021, until Sept. 30, 2021. This relief will help hard-working families and their child care programs as well. For more information, click on the FAQ’s.
Home-based providers will be required to complete the mandatory Care 4 Kids Provider Orientation to remain eligible for the Care 4 Kids program. This orientation was temporarily waived during the declared state of emergency period that is currently scheduled to end April 20, 2021. The training is now being offered virtually through Zoom. All licensed and unlicensed home-based Care 4 Kids providers who have not taken the training will be required to complete this training at no cost. For more information and to register for the Provider Orientation training, please visit www.211childcare.org.
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.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, school age children will be eligible for care during school hours if they are distance learning or hybrid learning while in care. Please click here for more information: https://www.ctcare4kids.com/school-age-care-during-covid-19
The Care 4 Kids Program will allow a job search as a temporary approved activity for families whom lost their job or have been furloughed from work during COVID-19, and who are up for redetermination. Families will need to submit their redetermination packet and PPA with the date of their job loss or furlough before the end of your redetermination period. If they are determined eligible, a half-time certificate will be issued for care.
We want to provide you with answers to some questions and concerns from Care 4 Kids families and providers. Please click on the two FAQ links below. Care 4 Kids FAQ’s – https://www.ctoec.org/covid-19/covid-19-care-4-kids-guidance/ OEC Child Care FAQ’s – https://www.ctoec.org/covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-faq/ OEC COVID-19 Memos – https://www.ctoec.org/covid-19/memos/ For more information regarding child care as it pertains to the coronavirus situation, click here, Child Care during the Coronavirus Crisis
To ensure the health and safety of our clients and staff, Care 4 Kids will be suspending walk-in services for all clients until further notice due to COVID-19. Please submit documents via mail, fax or upload, and contact us at 888-214-5437 with any 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.
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
Effective October 1, 2019, Care 4 Kids providers, excluding unlicensed relatives, that charge a mandatory registration fee to families can request reimbursement for the registration fee during the child’s eligibility period. Providers should download the revised Parent Provider Agreement (PPA) form to request this reimbursement.
The 2021 Summer Parent Provider Agreement (PPA) form is now available. Click on Forms located at the top of this page.
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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