After more than one year of declining enrollments since the temporary closure of the Care4Kids childcare subsidy, many eligible Connecticut families on the Care4Kids wait list can now enroll for the state’s primary child care support program, which provides crucial assistance for low-income working families. According to a press release from the office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) will reopen of the program to families on the wait list, effective immediately.
The OEC has begun inviting families on the waitlist to apply for the newly-opened Care4Kids; the 1,600 application packets sent out today mark the first phase in the OEC’s efforts to reach out to and admit families on the waitlist as swiftly as possible. Families on the waitlist who receive applications in the mail within the next few days will have exactly 30 days to submit their applications to the program.
As required by state rules, enrollment invitations will continue to be issued in order of the neediest, as defined by eligible priority groups, and the time spent on the wait list. They will continue as long as the funding allows. For clarification the priority groups are:
- Priority Group I - Care4Kids remains open for families currently receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
- Priority Group 2- Includes families who have received TANF within the past 5 years.
- Priority Group 3- Includes teen parents, aged 18 -19, who are not listed as dependents and are enrolled in high school.
- Priority Group 4- Includes low-income working families.
The Care4Kids application packet, acceptable forms for verification, as well as other forms for Care4Kids can be found by clicking here. To read the full press release from the Governor’s office, please click here.
Additional information on the Care4Kids program can be found by visiting www.ctcare4kids.com or calling 1-888-214-KIDS (5437).
To contact the Office of Early Childhood, visit www.ct.gov/oec or call (860) 500-4412.