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Application for Best Starts Child Care Subsidy Now Open to Families!

By Joanne Fong for Runta News-Seattle

At Best Starts, we are excited to be ramping up our work so more families across King County have access to child care through the Best Starts Child Care Subsidy. The first step of application is now open to families here:

The new Best Starts for Kids Child Care Subsidy represents an historic investment on the part of King County tax payers – $20 million each year for the next six-years to expand equitable access to child care for families in our community. Child care keeps the county running, and when we invest in child care providers and the industry as a whole, we are creating financial stability for working families and while also contributing to financial growth in the region. The first step in the application process for the new subsidy program is now available!

Families who are interested in the subsidy can fill out a five-minute eligibility form to see if they may qualify for help paying for child care. Families will be contacted by the end of September if they have been selected to complete the full application. Because this is new program and there may be more families interested than we have capacity to serve, please note that submitting an eligibility form will NOT guarantee child care funding for the family.

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Families may be eligible for the subsidy if they: 

  • Live in King County
  • Fall below the income cap (85 % state median income)
  • Are not eligible for the State Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) subsidy program
  • Have one or more children age 12 or younger
  • Choose a licensed child care provider

You can read more about the subsidy on the Best Starts blog here.

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By Joanne Fong (she/her)

Communications Specialist III

Public Health – Seattle & King County | Best Starts for Kids