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In partnership with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC), we administer approximately $1.13 million via a CDC contract.  Our intermediary is comprised of CERCLE members operating licensed center-based, family- and group-home early care and education (ECE) programs in Bridgeport, Hamden and New Haven.  The ECE programs in Bridgeport are the first-ever State-funded family child care providers in Connecticut.

 

CDC funds are designated for a program’s full-day, full-year infant toddler spaces and are intended to increase access to affordable high-quality infant toddler care for families and children in the State.  Support received from the CDC is in addition to other payments the provider collects for the cost of care, including Care 4 Kids and family fees.

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Providers receive three levels of financial investments through the CDC initiative.

  • Ongoing classroom reimbursement support, amounting to approximately $13,500 annually per funded slot provided eligibility requirements are met each month.

  • One-time classroom enhancement funds to offset cost to improve their physical space; and for teacher sign-on bonuses, training and on-boarding requirements; classroom supplies, materials and equipment.

  • Enrollment-based grant.

As newly State-funded programs, providers commit to partner with CERCLE to ensure ongoing quality improvements and reporting requirements, including but not limited to:

  • Maintain NAEYC or NAFCC accreditation or become accredited within three years of initial funding and conduct annual an environment rating scale assessment until accredited.

  • Meet Qualified Staff Member (QSM) requirements and maintain a plan of study for staff until achieved.

  • Keep information in the OEC Early Childhood Professional Registry updated and accurate.

  • Report monthly enrollment data.

CDC funds have helped stabilize programs in our intermediary by providing an ongoing,  predictable source of revenue based upon children enrollment.

For more information about the Infant Toddler Expansion CDC Contract, contact Tricia D. Goldburn at triciag@ctcercle.org.

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