Fair Start for Kids Act – DCYF Updates

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Exciting Changes for Families on the Horizon

The passage of the Fair Start for Kids Act in May, provides DCYF with resources to stabilize child care, support providers in serving the children that come through their doors, and allows more families to access affordable, high-quality child care.

High-quality child care provides children with access to early learning experiences that help them develop the skills they need to be successful in school and beyond.

Increased Income Eligibility and Lower Family Copayments Begin Oct. 1

The Fair Start for Kids Act provides the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) with resources to stabilize child care, support providers in serving the children that come through their doors, and allows more families to access affordable, high-quality child care.

Effective Oct. 1, these changes positively effect eligibility for Working Connections Child Care (WCCC), a care subsidy program available from DCYF. The WCCC income eligibility is increased, resulting in lower copayments for many families.