CTCARES for Child Care Businesses: Applying for Subsidies

CTCARES for Child Care Businesses offers several subsidies for providers. This overview offers more details about some of these subsidies, how much funding you can receive, and how to apply. To learn more about the overall program, see our CTCARES for Child Care Businesses page.

You can also review our Guide to the Expense Kickstart and Supply Subsidy, which has details on each step of the registration and application process.

Expense Kickstart

The subsidy offers a one-time lump sum per eligible licensed program for expenses like payroll, utilities, and rent or mortgage to help programs be open.

This is not a first come-first serve program! We planned for funds for your program. The funding comes from $8,000,000 CARES Act fund.

Who is eligible for the Expense Kickstart?

Your program must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Your program is a licensed family child care home (DCFH), group home (DCGH), or center (DCCC)
  • Your licensed facility was operating January 2020 with children in attendance
  • Your licensed facility is either open currently or can verify that it will be reopening with children in attendance
  • Your program’s January 2020 revenue was less than 50% publicly funded (through Care4Kids, School Readiness, Child Day Care contract, State or Federal Head Start, DCF)

Note that your January revenue is the total amount of money your program received for care and education of children in January 2020, regardless of the source (e.g., family tuition payments, family fees, Care4Kids, School Readiness, Child Day Care contract, State or Federal Head Start, DCF, municipal funds, etc.). This does not include Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), as it is a reimbursement program.

How much will my program receive from the Expense Kickstart?

Program size (licensed capacity)Expense Kickstart
per program
20% Accreditation increaseTotal subsidy — Expense Kickstart per program plus accreditation increase
Extra small (12 or fewer) $1,850$370$2,220
Small (13 to 60)$3,500$700$4,200
Midsize (61 to 120)$5,000$1,000$6,000
Large (121 or more)$6,000$1,200$7,200

Supply Subsidy

This subsidy offers a one-time lump sum per eligible licensed program for COVID-19 related expenses like cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), and nursing or medical consultation. Again, this is not first come first serve — we planned for funds for your program. Funding comes from the $2,500,000 CARES Act fund.

Who is eligible for the Supply Subsidy?

Your program must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Your program is a licensed family child care home (DCFH), group home (DCGH), center (DCCC), or youth camp (YCYC)
  • Your DCFH, DCGH, or DCCC was operating January 2020 with children in attendance or your YCYC is open at least 2 weeks Summer 2020
  • Your licensed facility is open or verifies reopening with children in attendance

Note that the Supply Subsidy has no revenue restrictions.

How much will my program receive from Supply Subsidy?

Program size (licensed capacity)Supply subsidy
per program
20% Accreditation increaseTotal subsidy — Supply Subsidy per program plus accreditation increase
Extra small (12 or fewer) $550$110$660
Small (13 to 60)$1,000$200$1,200
Midsize (61 to 120)$1,300$260$1,560
Large (121 or more)$1,900$380$2,280

*Camp (YCYC) size has been determined by OEC licensing staff.


Applying for the Expense Kickstart or Supply Subsidy

To apply for either one, you follow a 2-step process. You can get detailed guidance for how to register and apply here.

1. Register as a vendor in our system

Follow this link to start the process. If you have already received checks from another CTCARES program, you will still need to register but will have a modified process.

Keep in mind that:

2. Apply for the subsidy

Once you’re registered, you can apply for Expense Kickstart and/or Supply Subsidy through the application portal starting July 6, 2020.

Keep in mind:

  • You need to complete 1 application per license. So if you are a multi-site administrator, you need to complete the application process for each license.
  • We will autofill your license information and accredited program status as either open (the program is actively providing care and education to children on a routine basis) or verified opening (the program has received all necessary confirmations to open, and has all staffing, child enrollment, and supplies to open within the next 2 weeks).
  • If you’re not currently accredited with NAEYC or NAFCC but in the process of getting accreditation, you need to provide evidence to OEC. See the questions and answers section below for more information.
  • You will get a confirmation screen when your application is submitted. Make sure to keep a copy of this for your records and for tax purposes.
  • Be aware of the weeks the application portal is open and closed:
Week ofApplication portal status
July 5Open
July 12Open
July 19Closed
July 26Open
August 2Open
August 9Closed
August 16Open
August 23Open
August 30Closed
September 6Open
September 13Open

Applications close on September 19, 2020.

Questions and Answers about the Expense Kickstart or Supply Subsidy application

What if my program is open less than 48 weeks a year or 35 hours per week?

  • DCFH, DCGH, or DCCC programs open less than 48 weeks per year and/or less than 35 hours per week receive 50% of eligible subsidy amount(s)
  • Camps open 2 to 5 weeks receive 50% of the Supply Subsidy

What increase do I get for having NAFCC or NAEYC accreditation?

Programs with current National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) or National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation receive a 20% increase. This has been automatically entered into the system by license number.

If your program is not currently accredited but is in the process of getting accreditation from NAEYC or NAFCC as of January 2020, you will receive a 5% increase. You will need to provide evidence to OEC that you have accreditation in process. You can either:

  • Provide current NAEYC portal evidence that shows status of enrolled, applied, or candidate as of January 2020.
  • Provide a copy of evidence from NAFCC from between January 2019 to January 2020, which may include one of the following: self-study enrollment (NAFCC email to provider at enrollment); application (outcome of eligibility review); observation (scheduling or; confirmation)

What information do I need to have when I complete the application?

You’ll need to have answers to some key questions.

  • For all programs
    • Did 50% or more of your program revenue come from state and federal funds? (Care4Kids, School Readiness, Child Day Care Contract, State or Federal Head Start, DCF)
    • Is your program open or verified reopening within the next 2 weeks?
  • For DCFH, DCGH, or DCCC
    • Is your program open 48 weeks or more per year?
    • Is your program open 35 hours or more per week?
  • For YCYC
    • How many weeks is the camp planned to be open summer 2020?

How will I receive the subsidy?

Your business will receive a check. Remember to keep records for tax filing.

What if I attest to verified reopening but my program doesn’t end up reopening?

If you attest to the verified reopening of the program but do not reopen, you must return the funds.


Training subsidy

This subsidy helps cover the cost of First Aid, CPR, Medication Administration, and Emergency Anaphylactic Medication Administration (“EpiPen®”) certification expiring during COVID-19. Thrive will coordinate providers’ needs and training locations.

Who is eligible?

Staff of licensed family child care homes (DCFH), group homes (DCGH), and centers (DCCC) whose First Aid, CPR, Medication Administration, or Emergency Anaphylactic Medication Administration certification expired during the emergency declaration or during an OEC-defined grace period when the declaration is lifted.

How do I sign up?

When the emergency declaration is lifted and/or grounded certification training is again safe, OEC will announce how individuals with expired or expiring certifications will be able to sign up through Thrive.

Have questions?

We’re happy to help! Send us an email at OEC.CarePackage@ct.gov.

Last updated July 2, 2020