State Child Care Assistance & Subsidy Information

Child care subsidies help eligible families pay for child care while they work, go to school, or take part in other approved activities. DEL sets the policies for Working Connections Child Care (WCCC), Seasonal Child Care (SCC) and Homeless Child Care (HCC). Community agencies determine family eligibility for SCC and HCC. DSHS determines eligibility for WCCC and pays providers for authorized services.

Learn more about child care subsidy programs in Washington.

Information and resources for child care providers.

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Child care providers

Child Care Subsidy Rates
Effective July 1, 2014, subsidy rates increased 4 percent for licensed and license-exempt child care providers. Also effective September 1, 2013, licensed providers who participate in Early Achievers at Level 2 or higher are eligible for an additional 2 percent quality bonus.

Collective Bargaining Agreement for in-home and family child care providers

Child Care Rates in Washington Administrative Code (WAC)
Daily child care rates—Licensed or certified child care centers and DEL contracted seasonal day camps (170-290-0200 WAC).
Daily child care rates—Licensed or certified family home child care providers (170-290-0205 WAC).
Child care subsidy rates—In-home/relative providers (170-290-0240 WAC).
Special Needs Child Care Rate Request
Families that qualify for assistance through the Working Connections Child Care or Seasonal Child Care programs and have a child with special needs may be eligible to apply for a special needs rate to help pay for care. This form can be used by both families and child care providers to request a special need rate. To submit the form, families contact the DSHS Customer Service Call Center at 1.877.501.2233 or child care providers can call the Provider Line at 1.800.394.4571.


The family must approve the request and be involved in determining if their child qualifies for the special needs rate. Special needs rates may not be approved based only on a child care provider's request.
Special Needs Child Care Rate Request
Special Needs Child Care Rate Request - Spanish

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Eligibility Workers

Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) Program Manual
This manual provides additional policy guidance for the Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) program.
Seasonal Child Care (SCC) Program Manual
This manual provides additional policy guidance for the Seasonal Child Care (SCC) program.
Child Care Subsidy Eligibility Chart
A simplified chart to determine if families are eligible for Working Connections Child Care and Seasonal Child Care subsidies.
Copay Calculation Table
Determines the family’s copayment for subsidized child care, based on family size and income.

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Families

Special Needs Child Care Rate Request
Note: This form replaces the two DSHS special needs rate request forms.
Special Needs Child Care Rate Request
Special Needs Child Care Rate Request - Spanish
Families who qualify for assistance through the Working Connections Child Care or Seasonal Child Care programs and have a child with special needs may be eligible to apply for a special needs rate to help pay for care. This form can be used by both families and child care providers to request a special need rate. To submit the form, families contact the DSHS Customer Service Call Center at 1.877.501.2233 or child care providers can call the Provider Line at 1.800.394.4571.


The family must approve the request and be involved in determining if their child qualifies for the special needs rate. Special needs rates may not be approved based only on a child care provider's request.
Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) brochure
Information about getting started with WCCC, as well as families' rights and responsibilities.
English
Spanish
WCCC DSHS Enrollment Verification Form
DSHS needs the information on this form to verify your child's enrollment in Head Start, Early Head Start or ECEAP before authorizing 12-month eligibility for WCCC.
Enrollment Verification Form
WCCC self-employment plan
If you are self-employed, you must submit this signed and dated self-employment plan to DSHS when you apply or reapply for WCCC. Contact the DSHS Customer Service Call Center at 1.877.501.2233 for more information.
English
Spanish


Small business information:
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Register a business
Start a business in Washington
Small business guide

Copay Calculation Table
Determines the family’s copayment for subsidized child care, based on family size and income.

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Reports

Licensed Child Care in Washington State: 2012 Market Rate Survey
The 2012 licensed child care market rate survey for Washington state.

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