Wage Supports for Early Childhood Educators

This new OEC initiative offers one-time payments — up to $1000 — for individual staff at all licensed child care centers, group homes, family child care homes, and license-exempt child care programs that receive School Readiness or CDC funding. It’s OEC’s way of recognizing how hard early childhood educators work for children in Connecticut.  

This initiative will have 2 phases. The current payments are phase 1.

How the program works

While these one-time payments are for staff, staff members don’t apply directly. Instead, the child care program that employs them applies for the funding. When the employer receives the money, they must give it to their employees within 45 days. 

This initiative is open to staff at:

  • All licensed programs (child care centers, group child care homes and family child care homes)
  • License-exempt programs that receive School Readiness and or Child Day Care Contract funds

How much money will I get?

As long as you — and the child care program that employs you — are eligible and meet other requirements, the amount of money you receive depends on the hours you work.  

  • Full-time (at least 30 hours per week or 130 hours per month): $1,000
  • Part-time (less than 30 hours per week or 130 hours per month): $400

The money is yours — treat it like a bonus to your salary that you can spend however you want. You will have to report it on your taxes.

Programs will also get an additional 10% of their total payments to staff. This is to help support supplemental staff benefits and administrative processing costs.

How do I apply?

Remember that staff don’t apply for this program directly. If you’re a staff member, you need to ask your employer to apply to the program.

If you’re an employer, we want you to apply! We’re sending all eligible employers an email with a link and steps to apply. Check your inbox for an email from childcarefunding@ctunitedway.org

Why was this program created?

Funding for this program was awarded by Governor Lamont and the CT State legislature with the specific goal of benefiting the state’s early care educators.


Check out our detailed frequently asked questions. You can also contact us directly:
Phone: 800-505-1000 (2-1-1 Child Care)
Email: childcarefunding@ctunitedway.org

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Last updated October 14, 2022