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Danbury misses out in grant competition to create more daycare slots

Danbury was not the big prize winner this week in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2018 Mayor’s Challenge. The City was previously named a Champion City and presented with $100,000 seed money to create 180 affordable childcare slots by establishing 60 family childcare centers.  

9 pilot program participants have or are submitting applications for state review for home day care licenses creating 84 new daycare slots, according to the Newstimes.

Danbury officials say with a poverty rate of 11-percent, and another 24-percent who fall below a household survival budget, the issue of daycare affects 900 children between the ages of 0-3 living in households that struggle to make ends meet.  There are currently 87 Care 4 Kids state-subsidized slots for infants and toddlers in Danbury.  Due to the state's financial woes, there's been a 50-percent decrease in subsidies over the past year.

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