Options to Help You Pay for Child Care
Many families find it a challenge to pay for child care. In Connecticut, there are some resources available to help eligible families pay for child care.
The Care 4 Kids Program is a state program that assists eligible families to pay for child care. To qualify for this program, applicants must
- Be participating in an approved activity (i.e. job search, work, approved training programs)
- Have an income below 50% of the State Median Income (SMI) (for current income guidelines contact Care 4 Kids)
For example, a family of three with a monthly income of $1,500 may be eligible to receive assistance.
- live in Connecticut; and
- be under age 13, or if the child has special needs, be under age 19.
- be licensed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (unless exempt form licensing); or
- be a relative, like a grandparent; or
- take care of the child in the child’s home.
The Care 4 Kids subsidy can be used for care:
- In a child care center
- In a licensed family child care home
- By a relative
- By an in-home caregiver (i.e. babysitter or nanny).
Care 4 Kids will pay a portion of the weekly/monthly child care fee; parents will often need to pay the provider an additional amount (i.e. the "family fee"). In order to receive Care 4 Kids payments, the applicant must either be:
- In an approved training program through the Jobs First Employment Services Program
- Or a teen parent attending high school.
Please contact Care 4 Kids at
1-888-214-5437 to see if you are eligible.
- Early Head Start – a federally funded program for pregnant women, infants and toddlers that runs part time/part year at no cost with a possible home visiting component. It may also have a full time/full year component based on a sliding scale that is center based.
- Head Start – a federally funded center for children ages 3-5 years old that runs part time/part year at no cost, but may also have a full time/full year program based on a sliding scale.
Head Start and Early Head Start services are not available in all communities
- School Readiness – a state funded program for children ages 3-5 years old that is available in urban areas and some rural/suburban communities. Town residency is required to qualify for this program.
- State Funded Centers – a state funded program that services mostly children ages 3-5 years old. However, there are some centers that do offer these subsidized slots for infants and toddlers or school age children as well.
Some programs offer scholarships that will help pay for child care. These scholarships
are usually funded by a grant from another organization. An application process is necessary and some restrictions or qualifications may be in place.