The $14 million in new federal funds will be dispersed to an estimated 1,200 centers with families who rely on Care 4 Kids certificates to pay for child care.
On Tuesday morning, in a room at the state Capitol complex, a single small number seemed to tell its own story about the fiscal bind legislators are likely to find themselves in over and over again this session.
Federal reviewers visited state-inspected day care centers and found violations including a fuse box accessible to children; a first-aid kit, shaving cream and hair gel within reach of children; and exposed wiring in a gazebo used by youngsters. In one case, federal reviewers visited a day care center that had been inspected the month before, but still uncovered 11 potentially hazardous conditions and five playground safety problems.
Home-based day care providers have approved a contract negotiated between their union and the Malloy administration that will get them raises of between 3 and 8.25 percent beginning July 1.