Basic Needs

This page will provide you with information on programs/services like “211”, SNAP (“food stamps”), and Care4Kids (state program to help with the cost of child care). Hopefully the information you will find here will provide support to you and your family.

2-1-1 Childcare

According to its website, “2-1-1- is Connecticut’s free information and referral service. Simply by dialing 2-1-1, a toll-free number throughout Connecticut, callers can reach knowledgeable, multilingual staff and get information, referrals or seek help in a crisis. 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. TDD access is available.” 2-1-1 provides information on services, can answer basic questions or refer callers to a more organization to respond to a specific question. There is also a special section for persons returning from prison into a Connecticut community. To visit the website, click here.


SNAP, or “Food Stamps”

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income individuals and families afford the cost of food at grocery stores and farmers’ markets. You can apply for these benefits by completing a state application form. This form can be mailed, faxed, or dropped off at a local DSS Regional Office. Once the form is complete, you will be assigned an eligibility worker who will interview you to complete the application process.

If you prefer, you can fill out the application for SNAP benefits at your local Department of Social Services office. You can also authorize someone else to do the application paperwork for you. If you are unable to get to a DSS office, and if there is no one who can go for you, ask DSS to do your application interview by mail and phone.


Care 4 Kids – child care services

Care 4 Kids helps low to moderate income families in Connecticut pay for child care costs. This program is sponsored by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services (also called DSS).

To learn more about Care 4 Kids, take a look at their website here. It has information for both parents and child care providers.