Care4Kids is the state's childcare subsidy program, allowing low-income families the opportunity to work. An Act Concerning the Care4Kids Program does four very important things:
- Makes all minor parents eligible to receive care4kids, regardless of their parents income;
- Allows a recipient of care4kids up to 12 weeks of program eligibility while taking unpaid leave due to the birth or impending birth of a child;
- Begins to increase provider rates and implements a plan to increase rates to the recommended 75th percentile by 2022; and finally
- Extends program eligibility to recipients who lose a job for no more than six months while actively looking for new employment.
CAHS testified in support of the bill before the Select Committee on Children at Tuesday's Public Hearing. There was a great deal of support from advocates and providers. The State Department of Social Services testified that they are not philosophically opposed to the concepts raised in the bill, but questioned how we are going to pay for it.
As this bill moves through the legislative process, we will keep you updated! If you are interested in more information, please contact Early Care & Education Policy Analyst, Jillian Gilchrest. Also, if you would like to read more, CTNewsJunkie posted an article about the hearing.