The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance said thousands of families will be told that they no longer qualify for the state’s Care4Kids child care subsidy as of July 1.
Officials said the reason for it is an approximate $35 million shortfall in funding, following the federal reauthorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant.
Officials said U.S. Congress failed to fully fund the cost of the changes made to the law, resulting in the shortfall.
Because of this, officials say income eligibility for new families seeking Care4Kids will change from less than 50 percent to a maximum of 30 percent of the state median income.
Based on the current state median income for a family of three, annual household income eligibility would be reduced from $44,601 to $26,760.
This change is effective on July 1.
“This means a lot of families who are barely making ends meet now are put in an awful situation,” said CT Early Childhood Alliance Executive Director Merrill Gay in a press release. “They have to choose to pay more than they can afford for quality child care, turn to lower-quality, less-reliable child care; or quit their jobs to stay home with their children. This could cost the state more in the long-run, as families will apply for SNAP, Section 8 housing, energy assistance, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).”
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