Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
{Commissioner Beth Bye}
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Office of Early Childhood Announces Rate Increase in Care 4 Kids Program
   The Office of Early Childhood announced today a significant rate increase for Care 4 Kids, a state and federally funded program for lower income working families to help pay for child care. This rate increase for child care centers serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers is the first in many years thanks, in part, to $14 million in new federal Child Care Development Fund dollars, and Connecticut’s long-standing investment in this program. The rate increases will go into effect September 1, 2019.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
OEC Awards 16 Grantees to Provide Home Visiting Services
  The OEC has awarded 16 contracts to provide an array of family-centered home visiting services across Connecticut.

Monday, April 29, 2019
Connecticut Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5)
  In December 2018, Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood (OEC) was awarded an $8.6 million Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. The one-year project period runs from December 31, 2018 to December 30, 2019.

Friday, March 22, 2019
Request for Proposals for State Funded Home Visiting Programs (Amended)
  Final ammended request for proposal documents for state funded home visiting programs.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Request for Proposals for State Funded Home Visiting Programs
  OEC announced today the release of the request for proposals for state funded home visiting programs.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
OEC Update on Background Checks
  The OEC continues to work on establishing a database for background checks.

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Connecticut's Home Visiting Rate Card was recently recognized as a National model by the Aspen Institute - a national, non-partisan leadership forum based in Washington, D.C.
  The Rate Card is a program for home visit providers that rewards them when positive outcomes are achieved with their clients. It encourages providers to take a family-centric approach that tailors services to the needs of individual parents and their children.

Friday, May 11, 2018
Child Care Development Fund Plan 2019-2021
  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 for 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.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Office of Early Childhood Reopens Care 4 Kids to Families on the Wait List
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that effective immediately, the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) has reopened the Care 4 Kids program and eligible families on the wait list can now begin to enroll for the state’s primary child care support. Funded with federal and state dollars and administered by OEC, Care 4 Kids helps low-income, working families afford safe, quality child care for their children.

Monday, August 21, 2017
2018 School Security Competitive Grant Program
  We are pleased to notify you of the release of the 2018 School Security Competitive Grant Program. This third round of the competitive grant program is a component of Public Act 17-68 and is jointly administered by the State Department of Education (SDE), Department of Construction Services (DCS) and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DESPP/DEMHS). Under the law, ten percent of the funds available under this program shall be awarded to eligible Non-Public Schools, including eligible licensed child care centers or preschools that have received threats.

Thursday, May 08, 2014
Family Support Services