Proposed CCDF (Care 4 Kids subsidy) Plan Open for Comment

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act is the law that authorizes the federal child care subsidy program known as the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). It is the primary Federal funding source devoted to providing low-income families that are working or participating in education and training with help paying for child care and to improving the quality of care for all children. Connecticut’s subsidy program is Care 4 Kids.

Currently only a tiny percentage of the quality improvement funds in the CCDBG are used to support school-age child care programs. If you think that more of these funds should support school-age, or if you have thoughts about how Care 4 Kids is implemented in Connecticut, we urge you to review the plan on OEC’s website and provide comment either at a public forum or using the online survey tool. You voice, and those of the families you serve, is important! http://www.ct.gov/oec/cwp/view.asp?Q=574712&A=4547

The proposed CCDF plan is now available on the OEC website at www.ct.gov/oec/ccdf2016.

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is asking for feedback and input from families, providers and other stakeholders on Connecticut’s Draft CCDF Plan. The public may submit feedback electronically through an online survey tool or at any of a number of public forums.

Online Survey Tool

Feedback may be submitted electronically through the online survey tool. It is recommended that users review Connecticut’s Draft CCDF Plan prior to completing the online tool. The online survey tool will be available through January 24, 2016.

Public Forums

The OEC will be hosting a series of public forums to get feedback and input on Connecticut’s Draft CCDF Plan. Registration is NOT required for the forums. The forums will be held on the following dates and times:

  • January 11, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Park Place East, Winsted, Draper 102
  • January 11, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich, Room F117-1, F117-3
  • January 12, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Quinebaug Valley Community College, 742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, Room W100
  • January 13, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, GenRe Forum and East Campus Atrium – B
  • January 14, 2016, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Gateway Community College, 20 Church Street, New Haven, Library Multipurpose Room
  • January 14, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Capital Community College, 950 Main Street, Hartford, Community Room, 2nd Floor

Directions, maps and additional information regarding the forum locations can be found on the OEC website at www.ct.gov/oec/ccdf/2016.