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Information for Families

Child Care and Youth Camps

 
{Little girl painting} Finding the right child care provider or camp is important to you and your child. The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood works to keep your child safe and has a number of resources to help you.
 

The Division of Licensing has licensing specialists and supervisors, nurses, health program staff, administrative and support staff dedicated to making sure that all licensed child day care and youth camp programs meet all state laws and requirements.

 

The Child Care and Youth Camp Licensing Programs license:

  • Family day care home providers
  • Group day care homes
  • Child day care centers
  • Family day care home staff-substitutes and assistants
  • Youth camps
A successful child care or camp experience starts with communication between families and the child care providers. When choosing a child care provider or camp:
  • Talk with the child care provider about their licensing and complaint history
  • Spend time at the program to decide if itís a good fit for your child and your family
Complaints
 
Most concerns with child care programs and camps can be handled by:
  • Talking about the problem with the program staff
  • Talking about the problem with the program director
If you have talked to the program staff and director and still have a concern about a child care program or camp, contact the Division of Licensing's Complaint Line by calling (860) 509-8045 (1-800-282-6063 outside of the Hartford area).
 
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In case of abuse/neglect or life-threatening situations, call the Department of Children and Families at 1-800-842-2288 and the Division of Licensing at (860) 509-8045 (1-800-282-6063 outside of the Hartford area.)
 
 
CHILD CARE RESOURCES:
 
Looking for child care? 2-1-1 Child Care has current lists of: {Pre-school teacher with toddlers}
  • Licensed child care centers
  • Licensed family day care homes
  • Nanny agencies
  • Nursery schools
  • Play groups
  • Summer camp programs
By calling 2-1-1 Child Care, a Child Care Referral Specialist who will help you find the services that will best fit the needs of you and your family, all at no cost. To talk to a Child Care Referral Specialist:
The Division of Licensing's online lookup tool gives you information about all currently licensed:
  • Family day care home providers
  • Group day care homes {Screen Shot of eLicensing System}
  • Child day care centers
  • Family day care home staff-substitutes and assistants
  • Youth camps
Information you can find through the online lookup tool includes:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Information About the Program
  • Inspection history
  • Complaint/incident history
  • Quality enhancement history
To use the online lookup tool, go to www.elicense.ct.gov.
 
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:
 
Care 4 Kids
{Care4Kids Logo} Care 4 Kids helps moderate income families pay for child care costs. For information about the program, go to www.ctcare4kids.com or call 1-888-214-KIDS (5437).
 
 
 
Head Start

Head Start programs provide learning environments that support children's growth for low-income families. To apply for Head Start, contact a program near you. Use the Head Start Locator or call 1-866-763-6481 (toll-free) to find a program. 

 
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Content Last Modified on 8/15/2017 12:27:59 PM