Would you like to know more about child care licensing in your state or resources for children with special needs? Do you need to contact someone about child support, health care for your family, or help paying for food or heat? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Click a tab below to find those resources and more in Connecticut.

Find out more about child care in your area. Click on the links below, or contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for one-on-one help.

Child Care Licensing

Your local child care regulatory office

Phone: 1(800) 282-6063 or (860) 500-4450

Website

Provider Complaint Line: 1(800) 282-6063

Inspection Reports

Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

*Inspections not available online. Contact your licensing agency for more information*

Phone: 1(800) 282-6063 or (860) 500-4450

Website

Child Care Fact Sheet

Basic facts about child care in your area

State Fact Sheet

Connecticut Child Care Information

Information and resources for parents looking for child care in Connecticut

Website

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Reimburses child care providers for healthy meals and snacks

Phone: (860) 807-2050

Website

Criminal Background Checks

Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

Website

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

*Connecticut does not have child care quality ratings available at this time.*

 

Thrive! Quality Recognition and Improvement System

Provides training and technical assistance to child care providers to improve the level of quality in early childhood programs

Website

Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

Child Protective Services

To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

Phone: 1(800) 842-2288

Website

 

 

Child Support Enforcement

Child support application and procedures for your state

Phone: 1(800) 228-5437

Website

Medicaid Eligibility – HUSKY Health

Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

Phone: 1(877) 284-8759 (in-state only)

Website

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – HUSKY B

Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

Phone: 1(877) 284-8759 (in-state only)

Website

Connecticut Department of Social Services

State government programs and services for children and families

Phone: 1(855) 626-6632

Website

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

Phone: (860) 418-7000

Website

Car Seat Basics

Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

Phone: (860) 837-5319

Website

Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

Child Care Assistance – Care 4 Kids

Child care financial assistance programs

Phone: 1(888) 214-5437

Website

 

Connecticut Head Start

A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

Phone: Contact your local clinic

Website

Find Your Local WIC Clinic

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

Phone: 1(855) 626-6632

Website

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

Federal nutrition program

Phone: 1(855) 626-6632

Website

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

Easter Seals of Oak Hill

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone: (860) 286-3108

Website

Easter Seals Capital Region and Eastern Connecticut

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone: (860) 270-0600

Website

Easter Seals Waterbury

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone: (203) 754-5141

Website

The Arc Connecticut

Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

Website

Early Intervention – Birth to Three

Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

Phone: 1(800) 505-7000

Website

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Connecticut

Helps CT parents meet parenting goals, learn skills and find ideas to deal with parenting challenges

Website

  • Child Care

    Find out about the ins and outs of child care in your area. What is required to become a provider in your area? What requirements are there for a background check? Does your state offer any quality improvement programs?

    Child Care Licensing

    Your local child care regulatory office

    Phone:1(800) 282-6063 or (860) 500-4450

    Website

    Phone:1(800) 282-6063

    Inspection Reports

    Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

    Phone:1(800) 282-6063 or (860) 500-4450

    Website

    Child Care Fact Sheet

    Basic facts about child care in your area

    State Fact Sheet

    Child Care Center Regulations

    Requirements necessary to operate a child care center

    State of Child Care Centers

    Family Child Care Regulations

    Requirements necessary to operate a child care program in one’s home

    State of Small FCC Homes

    Criminal Background Checks

    Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

    State of Child Care Centers Website

    Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

    Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

    *Connecticut does not have child care quality ratings available at this time.*

     

    Thrive! Quality Recognition and Improvement System

    Provides training and technical assistance to child care providers to improve the level of quality in early childhood programs

    Website

  • Health and Social Services

    Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

    Child Protective Services

    To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

    Phone: 1(800) 842-2288

    Website

     

     

    Child Support Enforcement

    Child support application and procedures for your state

    Phone: 1(800) 228-5437

    Website

    Medicaid Eligibility – HUSKY Health

    Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

    Phone: 1(877) 284-8759 (in-state only)

    Website

    Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – HUSKY B

    Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

    Phone: 1(877) 284-8759 (in-state only)

    Website

    Connecticut Department of Social Services

    State government programs and services for children and families

    Phone: 1(855) 626-6632

    Website

    Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

    State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

    Phone: (860) 418-7000

    Website

    Car Seat Basics

    Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

    Phone: (860) 837-5319

    Website

  • Financial Assistance

    Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

    Child Care Assistance – Care 4 Kids

    Child care financial assistance programs

    Phone: 1(888) 214-5437

    Website

     

    Connecticut Head Start

    A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

    Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

    Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

    A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

    Phone: Contact your local clinic

    Website

    Find Your Local WIC Clinic

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

    Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

    Phone: 1(855) 626-6632

    Website

    Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

    Federal nutrition program

    Phone: 1(855) 626-6632

    Website

    Low Income Energy Assistance Program

    Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

  • Children with Special Needs

    Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

    Easter Seals of Oak Hill

    Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

    Phone: (860) 286-3108

    Website

    Easter Seals Capital Region and Eastern Connecticut

    Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

    Phone: (860) 270-0600

    Website

    Easter Seals Waterbury

    Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

    Phone: (203) 754-5141

    Website

    The Arc Connecticut

    Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

    Website

    Early Intervention – Birth to Three

    Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

    Phone: 1(800) 505-7000

    Website

  • Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Connecticut

    Helps CT parents meet parenting goals, learn skills and find ideas to deal with parenting challenges

    Website

If you find that any of the information above is incorrect, please contact us at info@childcareaware.org.