Cora's Kids: Early Childhood Care and Education

United Way helps ALICE prosper and children succeed

Cora's Kids

The Danbury area has been facing a child care crisis. Openings for licensed infant and toddler care are scarce, and families have trouble finding affordable, quality care that meets the demands of varying schedules.

Parents have been resorting to putting their children in unlicensed, potentially unsafe child care so they could work. There have been disturbing anecdotal reports about unlicensed child care in the community—care that was not developmentally sound and even possibly dangerous.

With an estimated need of 3,986 child care spaces, there are only 2,107 licensed spots available. This means that as many as 1,880 children might possibly need care.

In January of 2018, United Way launched Cora’s Kids. The goal: increase the number of licensed family child care providers so parents will have safe, affordable care for their children while they were at work.

The program works with people in the Danbury and Southern Litchfield areas who want to become licensed home child care providers, to expand the number of licensed home child care spaces. It also invites existing home providers to join a network, which helps to improve the quality of the care they offer.

Now in New Milford!

COVID-19 Information




Cora's Kids is actively recruiting new providers in Danbury and New Milford!

>>Learn about the United Way Family Child Care Providers Network, which is accepting affiliate members.



  •  32 newly licensed providers
  •  8 new providers in process
  •  258 new child care spots created to date
  • 52 providers are part of the Cora’s Kids network
  • 24 training and network events


Learn how Cora’s Kids and its affiliate family child care centers helped weather the first wave of the COVID-19 crisis and help other families get our economy back to work

Learn how Cora’s Kids helped one parent with a nursing background open her own licensed family child care business.




When you support Cora’s Kids, you’ll support the safety and well-being of our children, and strengthen the economic fabric of our communities. Build on this success and help us expand the program by making your gift today:



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