Statewide Multi-Year & Month-by-Month Comparison

UPDATE: Statewide Multi-Year and Month-by-Month Comparison

As the one-year anniversary impact of the Care4Kids program closure was showcased from August 2016 – August 2017 last month, the Connecticut Association for Human Services completed a 3-year comparison, as well as a month-by-month evaluation of the rapid decrease in Care4Kids child care subsidy slots since August 2016.

 

Due to changes to the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) in August 2016, the program has gradually closed to all new enrollees but those receiving TANF. As children continue to age out of the program, low-income child care slots continue to drop with no new enrollments coming into Care4Kids. Since August 2016 with no enrollments for the Care4Kids, the problem continues to worsen. Click here to read more about what caused the Care4Kids crisis.

 

From August 2016 to September 2017, Connecticut has lost 11,914 Care4Kids low-income child care subsidy slots. This means 11,914 fewer children and families are being served throughCare4Kids. 

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As it is evident, losses were felt across the state due to the rapid decrease of the number of available child care slots. This interactive map compares the past 3 years of the program, and shows the effect that closures have had on Care4Kids. The map provides town-by town detail on the number of  slots lost, as well as a percentage change. Many cities in Connecticut have lost close to or more than 1,000 Care4Kids slots .

 

In a month-to-month comparison of September 2016 to September 2017, the Care4Kids has felt an 8,474 loss in low-income child care subsidy slots. Check out our town-by-town interactive map to see how your town was impacted between September 2016-September 2017.

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From September 2016 to September 2017, the largest portion of child care slots were  infants and toddlers with 47%, compared to 31% for preschool and 29% for school age slots.
What you can do
It is more important now than ever before to call your legislators, as they consider a new biennial budget, and tell them to support low-income, working families by fully funding and reopening Care4Kids. Call your legislators now!  
  • Senate Democrats 1-800-842-1420
  • Senate Republicans 1-800-842-1421
  • House Democrats 1-800-842-8267
  • House Republicans 1-800-842-8270

 

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