Child First services are free of charge for all families. Affiliate agencies are funded through a variety of public and private sources, including state budget allocations, state and federal grants and contracts, Medicaid reimbursement, local tax revenue, and philanthropy. Before deciding to replicate the model in a given area, Child First works with state and other partners to develop sustainable funding sources.
The average cost per family receiving Child First services in Connecticut is approximately $8,200 (three-year average, fiscal years 2015–2017). This estimate was derived from data from 15 sites (most comprising two teams, but some sites having up to six teams), each serving 24 families per year, on average. The average cost per family includes staff salaries and benefits, mileage, materials, phones, computers, clinical director/supervisor supervision, assessments, annual Child First fees, rent, and other administrative support. The cost is calculated by dividing the total budget for each site by the number of families served per year.