PA 13-50—sSB 887

Children Committee

Human Services Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE CARE 4 KIDS PROGRAM

SUMMARY: This act codifies an existing practice in which the Department of Social Services (DSS), within available appropriations, pays Care 4 Kids subsidies for up to six weeks when a recipient takes unpaid leave due to a child's birth or impending birth. DSS must continue subsidy payments if (1) the parent intends to return to work at the end of the leave, (2) he or she verifies that the child will lose his or her slot in a licensed or school-based child care setting if subsidy payments are interrupted, and (3) the enrolled child continues to attend that program during the recipient's leave.

Under DSS regulations, the department extends program eligibility for up to 16 weeks when a recipient takes an extended maternity leave and declares her intent to work, but it does not pay subsidies to providers during that period (Conn. Agencies Reg. , 17b-749-19).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013

BACKGROUND

Care 4 Kids Program

Within available appropriations, DSS offers child care subsidies to working families with incomes under 50% of the state median income (SMI) and certain others. Currently, a family of three with income under $42,829 per year can qualify. Once eligible, family income can rise to 75% of SMI, which for a family of three would be $64,243 annually. Different eligibility rules apply for DCF adoptive parents and temporary family assistance recipients.

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