Working Connections Child Care

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Working Connections Child Care

The Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) Program is an income-based program that can help families pay for their child care costs. Households with parents who are working (or participating in a DSHS approved work activity) and whose children meet the citizenship requirements may be eligible for the program.

Kinds of child care covered by WCCC:

  • Licensed/certified child care centers
  • Licensed/certified family child care homes
  • Relatives who provide care in their own homes
  • Adults who come to your home to provide in-home care

About the WCCC Program

Families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits and families of children with specials needs will receive priority access to WCCC. Additionally, priority is also given to families in which a parent of the child is a minor who is living independently and who is a full time student in high school that has an on-site school sponsored child care program.

Families with incomes at 200 percent of the federal poverty level or less (see table below for guidelines) will receive child care benefits on a “first come, first served” basis until the program reaches a set limit.

DSHS will keep a wait-list of potentially eligible families who apply. Families will be notified by mail when there are openings in the child care program, and they will have 10 days to complete the application process. Families who currently receive WCCC benefits remain eligible until their monthly incomes exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty level. For more information about WCCC or recent changes to the program call the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588.

Use our Benefit Finder to see if you may be eligible.

Income Guidelines for WCCC Program

Income Guidelines (effective 4/1/2017) 
Family Size Monthly Income Limit
1 person $2,010
2 $2,707
3 $3,403
4 $4,100
5 $4,797
6 $5,493
7 $6,190
8 $6,887
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Seattle Child Care Assistance Program

If you live within the city limits of Seattle and your income is over the income guidelines listed above, you may qualify for the Child Care Assistance Program. A family of four can earn up to $6,150 per month and qualify for help paying for child care. (There may be a waiting list for this program.) Call 206-386-1050. Learn more about the Seattle Child Care Assistance Program.

Bellevue, Redmond, Kent - Child Care Assistance Program

If you are a resident of Bellevue, Redmond, or Kent, you may qualify for the Child Care Resources Financial Assistance Program. A family of 4 can earn up to $5,779 per month and qualify for help paying for child care. To find out if you qualify for this program, please call Child Care Resources (206) 329-1011, ext. 267. Learn more and download an application for the Bellevue, Redmond, Kent Child Care Program and other subsidies.