Care 4 Kids Family Child Care Contract Highlights 12.19.13

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Licensed Family Child Care Providers

 

General Rate Increases

Care4Kids reimbursement rates will increase by 12% over the 4 year duration of the contract. These general rate increases shall be provided to all licensed Family Child Care Providers and apply to all age groups – infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children.

 

• Effective January 1, 2014 Care4Kids general rates will increase 3%

• Effective January 1, 2015 Care4Kids general rates will increase 3%

• Effective January 1, 2016 Care4Kids general rates will increase 3%

• Effective January 1, 2017 Care4Kids general rates will increase 3%

 

Additional Rate Increases for Children under the Age of Three

For years licensed centers have been paid at a higher rate than licensed family child care providers for the care of infants and toddlers. Thanks to this contract, rates for licensed home-based providers will reach parity with licensed centers by 2016. These increases for children under three are in addition to the general rate increases mentioned above.

 

• Effective January 1, 2014 Infants and Toddler Program rates will increase 8.25%

• Effective January 1, 2015 Infants and Toddler Program rates will increase 8.25%

• Effective January 1, 2016 Infants and Toddler Program rates will increase 10%

• Effective In January 2017, increases will be made to maintain parity with licensed centers.

 

License-Exempt Family Child Care Providers

 

General Rate Increases

The new hourly rate reflects an increase of 29% in the first year (from $2.23/hr to $2.90/hr). The rate will increase by 3% in the second year. The rate for license-exempt providers will be one-third (1/3) of the State’s minimum wage. The weekly payment for the unit of care shall be determined by practices currently in place for quarter-time, half-time and full-time plus care.

 

Minimum Wage 1/3 Minimum Wage

• Minimum wage effective January 1, 2014 $8.70 $2.90

• Minimum wage effective January 1, 2015 $9.00 $3.00

• Minimum wage effective January 1, 2016* $9.00 $3.00

• Minimum wage effective January 1, 2017* $9.00 $3.00

 

*If the minimum wage for the State of Connecticut increases on January 1, 2016 or

January 1, 2017, the minimum wage for this program shall increase in relation to the new minimum wage.

Care 4 Kids Family Child Care

Contract Highlights 2014

Licensed and License-Exempt Providers

 

Service Recognition Bonus

All family child care providers with more than one year of service with Care 4 Kids shall receive a one-time lump sum payment as soon as the contract is approved:

 

• Licensed Providers — $80

• License-Exempt Providers — $40

 


Professional Development

 

Orientation

Family child care providers shall be paid $75 for attendance at the Office of Early Childhood’s new four-hour mandatory orientation program. This will include an orientation to the Care4Kids program,  training on the eligibility and billing process and on becoming licensed; information on the quality enhancement programs that are offered through the Office of Early Childhood and other specialized training as determined by the Office of Early Childhood. New providers will have 60 days to attend

the orientation. Existing providers will have until January of 2016 to complete the orientation.

 

Licensing Incentives

In order to encourage families, friends and neighbors to obtain their license, the Office of Early Childhood will reimburse these license-exempt providers for their licensing fee. After one year, the newly-licensed provider will receive a one-time $500 bonus for maintaining that licensed status.

 

Educational Opportunities

The state will allocate $750,000 over the life of the contract for professional development. Funds may be used to gain certification in CPR, First Aid, medical administration; to further one’s knowledge of child development, behavioral management, financial management, early literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL); and to attain a college degree related specifically to early childhood. Special recognition and a one-time lump sum payment (to be determined) will be given to those providers who have or who achieve a Child Development Associate and/or NAFCC accreditation.

 

Capital Improvements

The Office of Early Childhood will distribute information concerning the availability of monies available to family child care providers for renovations required to residences to become a licensed family child care provider or group home and for rehabilitation and capital equipment to improve the quality of care.

 

A Stronger Voice for Union Members

 

Grievance Procedures

A formal problem-solving procedure with opportunity for arbitration is established to address payment issues with the State and Care4Kids program while maintaining Family Child Care Provider rights in relationship with parents.

Labor Management Committee

The Union and the State will have regularly scheduled Labor/Management Committee meetings both on a state-wide and a regional basis to discuss issues of concern to family child care providers.

 

Future Policy Decisions

An agreement was reached to establish a seat for the Union within the Governor’s Early Childhood Cabinet. In addition, a work group made up of Union and State representatives shall study the access that providers have to health care insurance following the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act and explore the payment issues around non-standard hours of care.

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