CTCARES for Family Child Care Program

CTCARES for Family Child Care is an initiative from the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) designed to help licensed family child care home providers during the COVID-19 emergency.

We recognize that COVID-19 has been a challenge for family child care homes. This program will connect you with an OEC Family Child Care Network to offer supports to help you keep your business running.

How does the program work?

This program brings together a number of different resources. You can access these resources through affiliation in a family child care network.

What are Family Child Care Networks?

Family Child Care Networks are community initiatives that have paid staff with expertise working with family child care providers. They offer a number of ongoing support services and resources to affiliated family child care providers, which may include professional development, coaching and consultation, and business and administrative supports.

One of their greatest strengths is that each network is developed to meet the specific needs of their community. Because the networks are located in the geographic areas they serve, they are directly in touch with local providers and families.

The CTCARES for Family Child Care Program established Family Child Care Networks across the state to support licensed family child care providers.

How do I join a Family Child Care Network?

Providers who are interested in connecting with a Family Child Care Network can select a network in their community so that they can access benefits including consultation in health, behavioral health, and business practices.

Use our interactive map to find contact information for the family child care network in your area. If you are already connected with a Network, your Network will contact you directly to share information about CTCARES for Family Child Care. Joining a network is free and voluntary.

What other CTCARES for Family Child Care supports are available?

Resources to help keep the families you serve safe and healthy

Access to Behavioral Health Experts

The Early Childhood Consultation Partnership (ECCP) is providing telephone and online opportunities to answer questions for social and emotional and behavior concerns for children up through age 5 in your care. They can also help with managing self-care and dealing with stress in adults.

Spanish translation is also available for ECCP services. Please direct any call for ECCP service that requires a Spanish translator to ECCP Program Coordinator, Juan Ortiz, by email at jortiz@abhct.com or phone at 860-704-6378.

Access to Health Consultations

Connecticut Nurses’ Association offers free phone support health consultation to licensed family child care providers. Support includes:

  • Practices related to reducing the transmission of germs
  • Keeping children and families safe
  • Nutrition, physical activity, and other health topics

Keep in mind that nurse consultants cannot offer medical services (e.g., recommendations about diagnosis and treatment), handle emergencies, or address OEC licensing issues.

  • Call 855-322-2242 (toll-free)
  • Email ctnurses@gmail.com

A nurse will respond to your phone message or email.

For more information:

Access to the Connecticut Talk It Out Help Line

If you or someone you know is struggling, Connecticut’s Talk It Out Line will help. It’s a dedicated line for parents and caretakers to get help with the stress and increased needs resulting from caring for their children during COVID-19.

Resources to Help Keep Your Business Secure

The Family Child Care Network participants will also have access to enhanced support that will include:

  • Business training webinars
  • Free 1-year membership to the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
  • 1-on-1 business coaching
  • Access to online training
Have questions?

We’re here to help. Send an email to oec.ccfcc@ct.gov to learn more about the CTCARES for Family Child Care program.

You can also download a print-friendly handout with the information on this page in English and Spanish:
CTCARES for Family Child Care handout (English) (Spanish)

Last updated July 29, 2021