Options to Help You Pay for Child Care

Financial Assistance 

Click here for the website to Care 4 Kids

The goal of the Care 4 Kids program is to make child care affordable for low to moderate income families in Connecticut. The program is a partnership between the State of Connecticut, the families in the program and the providers who take care of the children.

To participate in the program, there are certain eligibility requirements for parents, children and child care providers.

To learn more about Care 4 Kids, visit the website. It has information for both parents and child care providers. You can look at the site to find out how the program works, who is eligible, and more. You can also print the forms you need to apply for the program


Other Financial Assistance

Some child care programs offer free or low cost child care.  Free or low cost programs receive state or federal subsidies.  How much a family pays can be based on income and family size.   

  • 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.
  • Office of Head Start
  • Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships
  • School Readiness Funded – 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.
  • Preschool Development Grant  – a state funded program to expand access to high-quality preschool programs and improve the quality of preschool programs.
  • Smart Start  – a state funded program to expand preschool programs in public school settings. Eligible public schools must meet conditions defined by the Office of Early Childhood.

These free or low cost programs are available.  Contact 2-1-1 Child Care for program availability near you. 



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