State Child Care Assistance and Subsidy Information

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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 HCC. DSHS determines eligibility for WCCC and SCC 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 January 1, 2015, subsidy rates increased 4 percent for licensed and license-exempt child care providers.

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 (in HTML format)

This manual provides additional policy guidance for the Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) program.

WCCC Program Manual (in Word format)

Seasonal Child Care (SCC) Program Manual (in HTML format)

This manual provides additional policy guidance for the Seasonal Child Care (SCC) program.

SCC Program Manual (in Word format)

Copay Calculation Table Effective April 1, 2016

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 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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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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