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7/13/2017 at 4:41:01 PM GMT
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Care4Kids Closure! Impact Discussion

The Care4Kids program is currently closed to most new applicants and all points indicate it could remain closed into the foreseeable future. This could have a long-lasting impact on the early care and education field.

Care4Kids Closure!
* How are you engaging your families around the current Care4Kids issues?
* How do you keep your families informed?
* How are you getting their stories out?
* Have you analyzed the potential financial impact on your program?

Click HERE to watch a short video on the impact the closure of the Care4Kids program could have on early care and education programs across the region and state.

Click HERE for the town-by-town numbers on the impact of the Care4Kids closure on the Hartford Region from May 2016 to May 2017.

 



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8/10/2017 at 7:32:03 PM GMT
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One of the families I was working with this past year was being reunified with their child who had been in foster care. While in foster care, DCF paid for the child to be in a home daycare while the foster parent worked. When the reunification happened, DCF stopped payment, and since Care4Kids was not open, the child could not continue to be in the home daycare. The mother now has to stay home, and can't work, adding financial stress to this newly reunified family. The father has had to add a night job to try to compensate for the lost wages.


8/16/2017 at 7:39:52 PM GMT
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While some components of this case make it a little more unique, the underlying result is the same for many families - someone needs to leave their job & stay home with their child. And you're right, it's stressful! To make ends meet, dad has picked up a second job because mom has to stay home. And that's in a two-parent family. What happens with single parents?

Have you been able to relay this story to any legislators to help them understand the impact?



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8/23/2017 at 12:12:26 AM GMT
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It is important that our legislators are aware of the trickle down effect that this loss of crucial support not only has on parents but on their children as well. Children are social beings. What affects their families and communities affects children as well. Loss of Care-4-Kids has decreased parental ability to provide their children the social learning environments that we know all children need. How do we expect children to meet the accelerated educational demands that are required, when young children enter school, when we are not providing basic supports for their growth and development? Employed and unemployed families care as much about their children as those who have the financial resources. What's missing? The resources. Care-4-Kids is a much needed resource.


8/24/2017 at 6:30:43 PM GMT
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CAHS and CT ECA released a policy brief on the survey results from 191 respondents across the state on how Care 4 Kids is affecting their program plus updated number of subsidies lost.  Click on link to read about the devastating impact this is having on programs, staff, families, and ultimately the children.
Please see attached file below for the brief.

Elena Trueworthy

 Attached Files: 
Care4Kids.pdf (587.9 KB)

Last edited Thursday, August 24, 2017
9/27/2017 at 8:18:47 PM GMT
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Child care center closures increased by 55% in 2016-2017 compared to the previous year. An analysis by CT Voices for Children on child care center closures and the link between closures and Care4Kids eligibility restrictions can be found here: http://www.ctvoices.org/C4Kclosures


10/23/2017 at 10:28:24 PM GMT
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the inpack of care-4-kids closure
I'm relieved to find this questions is still posted because the loss of this support is still being felt by children, their families and their communities. I'm working with a single parent who needs to work but can't afford to pay for childcare. Recently I learned that she had left her child in unsafe conditions. I had to inform her that as a mandated reported I would have to make a report to child protective services if she left the child in the care of the only person she has to "baby sit" her child so she can work. The loss of this funding has significant impact on families that are trying their best to meet the needs of their children. In this day and age no one should have to compromise the safety of their child in order to meet the basic need for food and shelter.


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