February 2018 Care4Kids Update

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The Care4Kids program re-opened on November 8th 2017 to waitlisted families.

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) reports that since November 8th:

  • 6,794 Care4Kids applications have been mailed out to the waitlisted families including the priority groups. (A list of these priority groups was published in our last blog, check it out.) 
  • 666 applications have been returned
  • 3,259 removed from waitlist due to no reply back
  • 1,440 certificates were granted
  • 594 were denied, not eligible
  • 732 are still under review
  • 769 to still be returned

According to the OEC, all of these families have also been sent letters inviting them to apply. New families are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible!

Care4Kids hit its peak enrollment number of 22,957 children in August of 2016.  

Since that time the program has shed a total of 9,638 children

Click here to access an interactive graph that shows Care4Kids monthly enrollment changes and yearly trends over a three year span from December, 2014 through November, 2017.

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What to tell parents:

  • You can tell parents that they can call 1-888-214-KIDS (5437) Or http://www.ctcare4kids.com/contact-us/
  • They may be told they are on a wait list, but tell them not to worry!
  • Care4Kids will now allow new families to apply. Providers are encouraged to tell families to apply as quickly as possible.
  • The OEC will closely monitor the program and add eligible families to Care4Kids as long as funding is available.

While renewed availability of Care4Kids is good news, it is important to keep the re-opening of the program and funding in context. The duration of the closure caused many family home providers, classrooms, and several centers to reduce staff or close. It will be difficult to re-build our childcare infrastructure back to its former level. In addition, many of the parents who were put on the wait list had to choose between substandard care and not working.

 

To see how the closure specifically affected your town, use this interactive map and the interactive map below to compare town by town data, from November 2016 to November 2017.  The map also is able to compare by age group and care setting. 

 

What you can do:

CAHS will send out alerts when we become aware of further threats to the program. Meanwhile, if you are concerned about Care4Kids you can call your legislator at these numbers:

Senate Democrats 1-800-842-1420

Senate Republicans 1-800-842-1421

House Democrats 1-800-842-8267

House Republicans 1-800-842-8270

 

These data used in this blog can be found in the monthly Care4Kids reports

Updates are not yet available for December 2017.  CAHS will send out updated information when it is available.


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