Child Care COVID-19 Grants

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Child Care COVID-19 Grants

Dear Child Care Providers,

Thank you for your continued commitment and dedication to the children and families in our state. We appreciate everything each and every one of you is doing to ensure their needs are met. We are forever grateful that you continue to provide care during this pandemic.

The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is offering support to child care providers under the Child Care Development Block Grant’s CARE Act. This critical support is in the form of a grant to any licensed child care provider in Washington State that is open on the date of the grant release and providing child care.

A flat amount for each interested licensed provider will be based on licensed capacity using DCYF’s WA Compass and MERIT data. Providers may apply to receive these one-time funds. Funding amounts will be based on licensed capacity:

  • Small: 0-49
  • Medium: 50-99
  • Large: 100-150+

DCYF will disperse funds as follows:

  • $6,500 to small and open providers
  • $11,500 to medium and open providers
  • $14,000 to large and open providers

Funds can be spent on facility/space rent, personnel, utilities, health and safety/cleaning supplies and food.

An online application will be available in DCYF’s licensed provider portal in the coming week.

More information will be discussed during our bi-monthly webinar on Tuesday, May 12.

Child Care Providers Bi-Monthly Check-In Webinar

Tuesday, May 12
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Join the Meeting by clicking the link
Access Code: 283 497 906
Password: dcyf
Call in Number: 1.360.810.3022

Please note, the webinar system can only hold 950 participants. Once that number is reached the webinar will be locked.

Once the webinar has finished, we will be posting the presentation along with the Q&A from the webinar to our website here ( under resources.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at