Get Financial Support

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Need help paying for child care or camps, food, or health insurance? Connecticut has many programs and organizations that can help.

Get help during COVID-19

We have the information you need — guidance on finding child care, tools to support learning at home, tips on accessing financial support, and answers to key questions. See our COVID-19 resources for families.  

Help paying for child care

Contact 2-1-1 Child Care

2-1-1 Child Care can help you learn about about no- or low-cost options for child care. Some child care programs get support that allows them to offer spots for free. Others may have open spots at a lower cost, based on your family income. Just dial 2-1-1 or visit 2-1-1 Child Care.

Learn about Care 4 Kids

Care 4 Kids helps working families with low incomes pay for child care. Visit the Care 4 Kids site or call 888-214-KIDS (5437) to find out more. You can also use their online tool to see if your family meets the income requirements.

Look into a Head Start Program

These programs offer free child care and family support to low income families with children age 5 and younger. Call 866-763-6481 or use the Head Start locator to find contact information for a Head Start program near you. 

Call your local public school system

Many public schools offer free part-time preschool, special education programs, and before- and after-school programs. Contact the school district where you live to find out more.


Food assistance

Learn about WIC

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) helps women with low incomes buy food for up to six months or a year after their baby is born — and WIC helps some kids up to age 5. Find out how to apply on the WIC website.

Look into SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — which used to be called Food Stamps — helps people and families with low incomes afford healthy food. Find out if you’re eligible for these programs or others. Apply for SNAP.


Affordable health care plans

Look into extra help from AccessHealthCT

If you don’t have insurance, you may be able to qualify for extra help paying for it. Check out the Access Health CT website to find out if you qualify for extra help paying for insurance.

Explore ConnectCT

The ConneCT website will help you find out if you qualify for a number of programs that offer financial help paying for medical care, like HUSKY (also called Medicaid). Go to ConneCT.

Last updated July 30, 2020