Supportive Child Care Subsidy Policy Statement
Number: P-EEC-Supportive-01

The Department of Early Education and Care, in conjunction with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), procures high quality, comprehensive Supportive Child Care services for families and children who have open cases with DCF. The services are designed to meet the needs of families that are experiencing a high degree of stress and disorganization.

Children served by DCF may experience:

  • developmental delays
  • inconsistent attention to health needs
  • attachment problems
  • post traumatic stress symptoms from sexual and/or physical assault or witnessing domestic violence
  • poor social skills
  • psychiatric disorders
  • behavior management problems
  • depression and poor self esteem, as well as poor educational and academic performance

Supportive Child Care services consist of high quality, comprehensive educational and developmentally appropriate activities, augmented by health and nutritional services, case management, social services and transportation between child care and home or school when appropriate to support the child's placement. Transportation must be available to those children who need the service when the child lives within 45 minutes of the program and resides within the provider's transportation service area as defined in the contractor's RFR response.

DCF refers children living at home or children in foster care (who have been the subject of a supported 51A) for Supportive Child Care to promote their growth and development and to protect their health and well-being. Supportive Child Care may also allow families to remain intact by preventing or assisting in a child's return home.

Supportive Child Care providers assess a child's emotional and developmental needs and provide family supports. The provider emphasizes strengthening the family and utilizes an array of community resources to promote the healthy development of all children.

Supportive Child Care is provided on a closed referral basis. Only the Department of Children and Families or its designee (a Family Based Services Lead Agency) may refer children to care.

Supportive Child Care is used in a transitional, time-limited manner in order to stabilize the family and ensure the safety and well being of the child, consistent with DCF's mandate to provide protective services.


Information provided by the Department of Early Education and Care. Created: October 25, 2002.