OEC responded to the COVID-19 emergency by rapidly rolling out a series of short-term CTCARES programs to help child care providers and families in Connecticut. The programs below have closed, but you learn more about our active programs on our main CTCARES page.
CTCARES for Hospital Workers (also called Project 26)
Launched: March 23, 2020
Closed: June 26, 2020
Purpose: Offering access to emergency child care for hospital workers and EMTs
This was the first program launched by OEC in response to COVID-19, since healthcare workers played a key part in the public health emergency response.
With a generous gift from Dalio Philanthropies, 28 child care locations were opened to serve workers at 29 hospitals. This project was a collaboration with the OEC, Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), community-based providers, hospital human resource departments, and 2-1-1 Child Care.
“Project 26 has been a huge blessing to help make sure my kids educational needs are being met during this time. As an essential employee having a safe place to send my children is necessary. The staff is amazing! Thanks again!”—Project 26 parent
“I am very limited on resources for child care. Due to my employment at the hospital, my babysitter did not feel safe to continue to provide care. All my immediate family members have day jobs and are unable to assist. I appreciate the help given. It has made going to work possible. Thank you!”— Project 26 Parent
CTCARES for Child Care
Launched: April 4, 2020
Closed for new applications: July 3, 2020
Purpose: Offering financial help to child care providers who provided care for the children of essential workers
This program provided additional funding for any licensed child care providers — centers, group family child care homes, and family child care homes — who remained open and served essential workers during the COVID-19 emergency.
CTCARES for Child Care was the second program launched by the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) in response to COVID-19. It was paid for with federal CARES ACT funding. The amount of funding depended on the type of program and the number of children served.
For licensed family child care homes:
- 1 to 2 children of essential workers: $200 each week
- Each additional child of an essential worker at half-time: $50 per child each week.
For licensed child care centers:
- 1 to 5 full-time equivalent children: $275 each week
- 6 to 12 full-time equivalent children: $550 each week
- 14 or more full-time equivalent children: $825 each week
|Number of children Served||11,633|
|Average assistance per child||$502|
|Total amount expended for FY20 Federal CARES Act Funds||$4,244,150|
|Total amount to be expended for FY21 Federal CARES Act Funds||$1,590,000|
Have questions about CTCARES for Child Care?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CTCARES for Frontline Workers
Program launched: April 27, 2020
Closed for new applications: June 15, 2020
Purpose: Helping essential workers pay for child care
This program — the third CTCARES initiative — helped frontline workers pay for licensed care at a child care center, family child care home, or group child care home.
Frontline workers included:
- First responders
- Child care workers
- Grocery workers
- Workers at state facilities
- Home/group home care workers (for seniors, youth, mental health or people with disabilities)
- People who provide in-person services to any of the above
Have questions about CTCARES for Frontline Workers?
Send an email to OEC.CCFW@ct.gov.