Governor Lamont Announces $70 Million in Appreciation Bonuses for Connecticut Child Care Workers
Full-time workers will receive $1,000 and part-time workers will receive $400 in one-time payments
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration is releasing $70 million in public funding that will be used to provide bonuses to staff at Connecticut child care providers who provide care safe and attentive to the state’s youngest infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Individual premiums will be $1,000 for full-time workers and $400 for part-time workers.
The governor explained that this initiative, known as salary support for early childhood educators, was created to show gratitude for the service of child care workers, especially during the height of the pandemic. of COVID-19. It was included as part of the state budget bill he signed into law earlier this year.
“Daycare staff are constantly working to provide essential care to ensure children are safe and their parents and guardians have the support they need to go to work,” Governor Lamont said. “They are a vital part of our economy and help make Connecticut the most family-friendly state in the country. We must support this important industry which is vital to families, the workplace and society.
The initiative is administered by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood with technical support from United Way of Connecticut. Operators of child care programs will be required to apply for the funds and then issue payments to their child care staff. These operators will also receive 10% funding on top of their staff payments to cover additional staff benefits and administrative processing costs. Eligible child care staff include those working in licensed centers, group child care homes, and family child care homes, as well as license-exempt programs that receive school readiness or contract child care funds .
The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood is contacting eligible child care program operators today and providing information with instructions on how they can apply for the funds.
“We understand and appreciate how hard early childhood educators work for our children and deserve to be applauded and rewarded for their dedication,” Beth Bye, commissioner of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, said. “Their work is both essential and highly valued by Connecticut families, and these salary supports will help child care program directors recruit and retain staff.”
The state budget that Governor Lamont signed into law for fiscal year 2023 contains a historic level of funding for child care and early childhood education, including $180 million in investments to ensure families access to safe and reliable childcare.
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