You Did It! Care4Kids Update

Care4Kids Update

YOU DID IT!! Your phone calls, stories, and great turnouts at meetings in New Haven and Bridgeport made a difference and helped change policy. The Office of Early Childhood listened to the outcry from parents and child care providers about the unfairness of cutting off families who currently rely on Care4Kids. OEC will not eliminate current families whose income remains below 50% of State Median Income (SMI). This does not solve the problem of a $32 million shortfall in Care4Kids, and therefore, the program will close to new applicants as of August 1. During the month of July, Care4Kids will accept new applicants with income below 30% SMI. 

To read the OEC's press release, click HERE.
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Weekly News - June 20, 2016

Care4Kids Update

Thank you to everyone who has made calls to their House and Senate members, as well as to the Governor's Office. We have received feedback from a number of people who were told by the Governor's Office that there was nothing they could do and the budget wasn't going to be reopened. It can feel defeating, but the calls really are important. Outreach shows that this is an important issue to state residents. Some feedback we've received has been about positive responses from legislators and we continue to plan meetings across the state to facilitate discussion with parents, providers, legislators and advocates.

Upcoming Care4Kids legislative meetings are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, June 22, 5:30 p.m., at St. Paul's Child Development Center, 1475 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport. Please RSVP to [email protected] 
  • Monday, June 27, 5:30 p.m., Silva's Youth of Today Childcare Learning Center, 656 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 
  • Tuesday, June 28, 10 a.m., at Sleeping Giant Day Care, 11 Pine Street, Hamden
  • Tuesday, June 28, 5:30 p.m., South Norwalk Community Center, 98 South Main Street, Norwalk
  • Thursday, June 30, 5:30 p.m., YWCA, 19 Franklin Square, New Britain

CT Voices for Children penned an Op-Ed to the Hartford Courant regarding the Care4Kids changes.

We urge you to sign the CT Early Childhood Alliance's petition, as we call on our U.S. Senators and members of Congress to increase federal appropriations for CCDBG to cover the costs required by the 2014 reauthorization. Please share it with your friends and family and ask them to sign it, too. 

We have created a section on our website that includes the petition and our position statement. It can be found HERE. We invite organizations to sign onto the position statement. Please contact us if you would like to be included.

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Weekly News - June 13, 2016

Care4Kids Update

There will be a veto session on Monday - please make THREE phone calls before Monday - your House and Senate members and the Governor's Office (860-566-4840or toll-free 800-406-1527). Urge them to fix the Care4Kids shortfall that will result in 4,450 families losing their childcare subsidy. Click HERE to look up your legislators by town. To see how many families will be affected in your town, click HERE. If the changes will impact your family, please tell your legislators and the Governor your story. Throwing families who rely on Care4Kids off the program is not the answer. 

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