Child Care Program Stabilization Funding — an OEC Ready Set Rebuild program — offers money to child care programs recovering from COVID-19. Our goal is to help your program become financially secure.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to compete for this funding. As long as your program meets the basic eligibility requirements, we have funds set aside for you.
Is my program eligible for this funding?
To be eligible, your program has to be one of the following:
- Licensed family child care home (DCFH)
- Licensed group child care home (DCGH)
- Licensed child care center (DCCC)
- License-exempt center-based or school-based program (DCEX) that is eligible to receive Care 4 Kids funding (learn more about DCEX programs in our FAQ)
In addition, your program must also be either:
- Open currently and serving children
- Reopening and serving children with 30 days of submitting your application
How do I apply?
As long as your program is eligible and has a State Supplier ID, you’ll receive an email the week of May 10 from firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions on how to apply. If you don’t get the email, check your spam folder. We’ll be accepting completed applications through June 30, 2021.
What’s a State Supplier ID? It’s an identification number that we use to process and distribute funds. If your program already received funding through OEC programs — such as School Readiness, Child Day Care, CT CARES for Child Care, or CTCARES for Child Care Businesses — you should already have a State Supplier ID.
Don’t have a State Supplier ID — or not sure if your program has one?
Have an ID and think you should be eligible, but didn’t get the application email?
Just call 2-1-1 Child Care at 800-505-1000 or email email@example.com. Be sure to have your license number or license-exempt number handy to speed up the process.
How can my program use this funding?
Your program can use the funds on any costs associated with providing (or preparing to provide) child care during COVID-19. That includes paying for:
- Rent, mortgage, or utilities
- Payroll, benefits, and staff bonuses
- Staff training and professional development
- Maintaining or improving your facility
- Cleaning supplies and PPE
- Consultations with nurses or other medical professionals to ensure a healthy environment
- Mental health supports for staff and children
You can learn more about how you can spend the funds in our FAQ.
How will my program get paid?
Your program can get paid by either direct deposit or by check. Your business office will get 3 separate payments 6 weeks apart. Learn how to set up direct deposit with the Office of the State Comptroller.
Keep in mind that all of these funds are taxable, so maintain records of how you use them. Your program also needs to spend all of these funds by September 30, 2023.
How do you calculate the amount of money my program will receive?
United Way developed tools that you can use to estimate the funding your program will receive.
Use the funding formula estimator for family child care homes
Use the funding formula estimator for child care centers and group child care homes
The amount your program will get is based on a number of factors — its licensed capacity, accreditation status, whether it received Care 4 Kids benefits, and more. We’ll automatically calculate the amount for you when you apply based on data validated by OEC or 2-1-1 Child Care. If you’re interested in the details, you can learn more about the funding formula for family child care homes and the funding formula for child care centers and group child care homes.