Child Care Information for Providers

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How will CARES Act funding be distributed and do I qualify?

The department opened the Child Care Counts: COVID-19 Supplementary Payment Program for providers on September 9. Find out more about how to apply and if you qualify using the department's website.

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What is being asked of me?

Please update your information in Provider Portal as soon as possible and on an ongoing basis. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) needs to know whether your center is open or closed, and for providers that are open, the number of slots you have open and the ages of kids that can be served. Accurate information from you helps us keep the Available Child Care Map updated and helps assist parents in finding child care in their communities. The Provider Portal allows you to enter all of this information and more.

What guidance are you giving providers continuing to operate?

We recognize this is a challenging time for the early care and education community. The department has produced a series of guidance documents and templates for providers. Those include: