Conn. (WTNH) — The state announced Monday evening frontline workers will now be eligible for subsidies to ease the burden of childcare costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood has launched the CTCARES for Frontline Workers Program, which provides subsidies directly to childcare providers so that children can get the care they need while their parents or guardians work an essential job during the crisis.
Governor Ned Lamont reports, “under the program, ‘frontline workers’ include anyone who must work outside of their own home for at least eight hours a week caring for people or providing in-person direct services and essential goods.”
Some examples of frontline workers may include:
- Health care workers
- 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
Those who already participate in the Care 4 Kids program are ineligible for the Frontline Workers Program.
The governor reports, the amount of money each family will receive depends on the number of children in a household in care and the number of hours the frontline worker needs to work.
If a frontline employee works 21 or more hours each week:
- For one child, $200 each week for up to six weeks.
- For two or more children, up to a maximum of $500 per family each week for up to six weeks.
If a frontline employee works eight to 20 hours each week:
- For one child, $100 each week for up to six weeks.
- For two or more children, up to a maximum of $250 per family each week for up to six weeks.
According to Lamont, “there is a family income limit of up to 85% of the state median income to qualify.”
Applications are being accepted from Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 22, 2020. To apply, call (800) 505-1000.
For more information, including details on who qualifies, read about the program on the Office of Early Childcare’s website.