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Terry Gerratana

Healthy Families, Healthy Communities

Care 4 Kids Reopens

Because child care is often one of the biggest monthly expenses families will face, sometimes working parents are forced to quit their jobs to care for their children. The Care 4 Kids program helps keep parents at work and their children in good care by paying for child care costs for low-income families in Connecticut.


Care 4 Kids was a top priority for me and the other members of New Britain’s legislative delegation in the recent budget negotiations. After fighting tirelessly to secure nearly $31 million in funding for the Care 4 Kids program in the state budget, it gives me great pleasure to see the program being rebooted to include more families.

The Office of Early Childhood is once again accepting families from the Care 4 Kids wait list. Families who are currently on the Care 4 Kids wait list are being encouraged to apply for the program if they believe they are still eligible.

The Care 4 Kids program was closed in August 2016 to most new families as a result of federal requirements that increased costs of the Care 4 Kids program without increasing available funding. Now, with a state budget in place and participation numbers at an affordable and manageable level, Care 4 Kids is able to begin enrolling a larger number of new families.

Families currently registered on the wait list are beginning to be sent letters telling them they can apply for a Care 4 Kids child care certificate.

For more information, check out these Care 4 Kids FAQs.