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All 12 childcare centers in Southington are open but many of their classrooms are full. Of the 25 family childcare providers in town, some are open, some are closed and some would be open if the parents they previously served returned to needed care. All providers are working under new State restrictions on group sizes, mask wearing, cleaning and other Covid health regulations and waivers. You can learn more about Covid and Childcare from the CT Office of Early Childhood. The group size was increased from 14 to 16 on August 20, 2020 and then to 18 on October 12, 2020 and so providers are working to adjust to those new guidelines.
Contact information for local providers is in the ECCS Town Resource Directory, look under either Childcare Centers or Family Childcare Provider categories.
You can also visit https://www.211childcare.org or call 2 – 1 – 1 for childcare openings State-wide.
The Office of Early Childhood has collaborated with the United Way of Connecticut’s 2-1-1 Child Care to provide a dedicated support line for educators. Board of Education staff can call 860-756-0864 to get help finding child care.
The ECCS surveyed childcare providers in Southington and the neighboring communities the week of 8/17/20 to create this list. Only providers who responded to the survey, had openings and gave permission to be listed are included on this page. More information is being collected and this page will be updated.
Southington centers that have not responded to the survey yet and may have openings are: Saint Dominics and Stork Club. The Nurturing Nest is currently full with a long waiting list.
Several family childcare providers did not respond to the survey.
Contact information for these providers is in the ECCS Town Resource Directory, look under either Childcare Centers or Family Childcare Provider categories. Note that there are additional providers who either did not respond to the survey or who preferred not to be listed.
The cost for childcare depends on the age of the child and their schedule. The cost per day is lower if attending all five days instead of part time. Extended day options usually cost extra. The cost for infants and toddlers is usually higher since there is a lower teacher-child ratio and can run $230 to $320 per week. Care for preschool age children can be $36 to $60 per day for depending on the hours. Care for school age children with remote learning support is $50 to $75 per day. Some centers offer financial assistance or sibling discounts.
Lower and moderate income working families can apply for the Care4Kids childcare subsidy program. Phone: 1-888-214-KIDS (5437) or web site: http://www.ctcare4kids.com
The Governor’s office issued guidance to the school districts about reopening in the fall of 2020: Adapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together. Districts have put together plans for: reopening in the building, a split schedule and enhanced distance learning. They are offering a distance learning option for students who choose not returning to the open classroom. The Southington Public School’s reopening plans and parent surveys are can be found on their COVID-19 page under the “From our Superintendent”
The State Department of Education has additional resources for Families and Educators.