Between August and February, Connecticut lost more than 5,500 child care slots for low-income families and their children. This interactive map will show you how your town fared in the cut backs! Through the map, you can determine how many slots your town lost in total and by age group.
Why were the slots lost?
- In 2014, changes to the federal Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) required that families no longer eligible for the subsidy are phased out over three months and that eligibility redeterminations occur every 12 months, rather than ever eight months, improving the stability of the program and closing a $33 million dollar funding deficit.
- To remedy this, in August 2016, the program closed to all new enrollees, with the exception of those receiving TANF funding.
Why does this matter?
Access to high-quality, reliable childcare is essential to the success of working families. The average annual cost of child care in Connecticut is $19,521 or 28% of the state median household income, making it far out of the financial reach for many of Connecticut’s working families without the Care4Kids subsidy. Without safe, reliable child care, parents are either unable to contribute to Connecticut’s workforce and achieve financial stability or are forced to place their children in an unreliable, or even dangerous, care settings.
Who does this impact the most?
These drops have a disproportionate impact upon children of color. While the Care4Kids program does not collect useable data on the race or ethnicity of the children served, there is a very strong correlation between race and poverty in Connecticut. One half of all children subsidized under Care4Kids are located in just eight cities, and two-thirds of the Care4Kids caseload live in just 16 of Connecticut's 169 towns. Of the 16 communities that account for two thirds of the Care4Kids caseload, 15 of them are among the 18 communities in the state with the highest concentrations of children of color and the five cities that saw the greatest drop in Care4Kids enrollment since August (Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury, New Haven, and New Britain) are comprised primarily of people of color.
However, the Care4Kids program impacts all of Connecticut’s communities, not only the cities, and 85% of towns have lost slots since August. Check out our new interactive map to find out how your town fared in the cuts and write to your legislators to tell them the importance of fully funding Care4Kids for Connecticut’s working families.