The income limit for Connecticut’s child care subsidy program is going up thanks to federal funding.
Six of the nine infant and toddler deaths in Connecticut day cares over the last two years took place at illegal home care programs, prompting state officials’ concerns that a temporary reduction of the Care4Kids program two years ago drove more parents to resort to unlicensed forms of care.
Updated at 12:55 a.m. Friday
WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s entire congressional delegation voted for a massive, $1.3 trillion federal budget bill that will provide the state with millions of additional dollars for education, health care and transportation and boost production in the state’s defense industry.
Thousands of low-income families hoping to receive child care subsidies are stuck in limbo as a wait list for the program swells. The number could grow to 5,000 families by this summer, advocates say.
WASHINGTON — Child care in Connecticut is of good quality and widely available, but it can easily cost more than in-state college tuition. A report released this week by Washington, D.C., think tank New America, determined the average cost of in-home, or “nanny care” in Connecticut was $31,162 a year and the average cost of a day care center was $11,456 per child per year.
WASHINGTON — The move to improve a child care subsidy program that helps low-and-moderate income families has also made it more expensive and forced Connecticut to cut 6,100 children from the rolls, a state official told a Senate panel Wednesday.
The number of families the state helped to cover the cost of preschool or day care decreased by nearly 600 infants and toddlers between fiscal 2012 and 2013, a state child-advocacy group reported Friday. The decrease follows the highly touted initiative approved by state legislators and the governor that funded spots for 1,000 more children […]