CTCARES for Hospital Workers (Project 26)

Last updated May 27, 2020

This short-term program helps ensure that hospital staff in Connecticut have access to emergency child care for their families. Nurses, doctors, and other hospital staff need to know their children are being well cared for while they work — so they can take care of the rest of us.

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How does the program work?

OEC is facilitating partnerships between currently licensed child care facilities and hospitals. Our goal is to ensure that hospital staff have child care near their work. This program is supported by a generous $3 million donation from Dalio Philanthropies.

Are these new child care programs?

No — all of the emergency child care programs were existing, licensed programs. Some were still open. Others are programs that recently closed but were willing to reopen to provide care to children of health care workers. 

How is OEC choosing the programs that offer emergency child care? 

As a first step, we’re honoring any existing relationships that hospitals have with specific child care programs. Then, we’re evaluating existing programs by:

  • How close they are to a hospital (within a 3-mile radius)
  • Licensing status (i.e., they don’t have any enforcement actions)
  • Their ability to serve 3 age groups (infants and toddlers, preschool children, and school-aged children)

How many classrooms are funded?

The model funds up to 3 classrooms, which are only open to the children of hospital staff: 

  • 1 classroom of no more than 6 infants and toddlers
  • 1 classroom of no more than 10 preschool-aged children
  • 1 classroom of no more than 10 school-aged children. 

How long does this program run?

Project 26 will run through the end of June. As this program winds down between the end of May and the end of June, families will receive support to make other child care arrangements.

I’m a child care provider — how can I become part of this program?

OEC is contacting child care programs directly, so there’s no application process.

Are you a health care worker? Get help from 2-1-1 Child Care

2-1-1 has a dedicated line for health care workers and first responders who need child care. They can’t offer free care, but they can help you find nearby programs that are still open. Call 860-756-0864