HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Connecticut’s Early Childhood Commissioner is asking Congress for more money so the state can move forward in implementing policy changes to child care programs.
Commissioner Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor testified before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that although changes in recent years are better for parents it also cost more money per child. She commended Congress for improving programs allowing children to remain part of the Child Care Development Block Grant Act when parents have a change in earnings or work hours. She also told the committee “We also have to acknowledge the costs that come with it. That’s why we urge Congress to appropriate more dollars so that we can ensure children receive the care they need and so that we can expand eligibility.”
The clost for Connecticut’s Care4kids program is expected to increase $33 million dollars under the new rules.