July 2, 2012
Child care subsidy rule changes mean more families may be eligible
Changes to the Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) and Seasonal Child Care subsidy program rules may help more families in Washington access these benefits. The changes are based on decisions made by the Legislature during the 2012 session.
- June 7, 2012: Families are no longer required to seek child support enforcement services. Before, families who receive subsidies had to seek child support enforcement services from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) as a condition of qualifying for subsidy benefits.
- July 1, 2012: Eligibility moves from 175 percent of federal poverty level to 200 percent federal poverty level. For a family of three, this would be $3,182 per month.
- July 1, 2012: Families may be authorized to get 12 months of WCCC subsidies before reapplying. Prior to July 1, 2012, families were limited to six months of WCCC subsidies at a time. This change is meant to help promote stability of care for children in low-income households. If a family is authorized for a 12-month subsidy authorization, the family must notify DSHS within five days if they change child care providers, and must notify DSHS within 10 days if their need for child care changes or they have other changes that might affect their eligibility.
WCCC is a subsidy program that helps families with low incomes pay for child care while they work or meet WorkFirst participation requirements. Families can find out more about the program and how to apply. The program is capped at 33,000 households, and a wait list is used when the program exceeds enrollment. There is no wait list for WCCC at this time.
SCC is a subsidy program that helps families pay for safe, licensed child care while parents work in agricultural settings. Find out more about the program.