DCYF Child Care Stabilization Grant

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As a result of the Federal American Rescue Plan Act, funds are to be used to stabilize, support, and grow the diverse early learning workforce in a way that rebuilds a stronger child care system and expands access to affordable high-quality care.

Funds will be available to child care providers in the form of:

  • Licensed Child Care Stabilization Grant
  • Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) Stabilization Grant

This page details the Child Care Stabilization Grant for licensed providers.

Who is eligible to apply for this grant?

This includes licensed family homes, child care centers, school-age care, outdoor nature-based care, and certified providers. Providers must have an open license in good standing at the time of application and the time of award.

More information about eligibility criteria and prioritization can be found in the DCYF Child Care Stabilization Grant Frequently Asked Questions.


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What is the amount of this grant?

The Child Care Stabilization Grant consists of:

Program Amount + Workforce Amount + Add-Ons

DCYF will use licensed capacity data to calculate a program amount and a workforce amount. Rates are reflective of the different costs associated with each program size.

Program Amount

This amount is reflective of different costs associated with each program size and is based on licensed capacity. The minimum program amount is $15,000 and the maximum is $75,000.

Licensed Capacity Program Amount
30 or less $15,000
31 - 149 $500 x licensed capacity 
150 or more $75,000

Workforce Amount

This amount is awarded in addition to the program amount, and is based on estimated worker units at your facility, assuming a 5:1 child to staff ratio. The minimum workforce amount is $9,000 and the maximum amount is $42,000. This amount must be used for increasing wages (increases in payroll) or other recruitment and retention activities (ex: sign on bonus, retention incentive, marketing positions, etc.). While the program amount portion of this grant can be used towards the cost of salaries, the workforce amount is meant to address the current challenges in recruiting and retaining staff.

Licensed Capacity Worker Unit (5:1 ratio) Workforce Amount
15 or less 3 $9,000
16-20 4 $12,000
21-25 5 $15,000
26-30 6 $18,000
31-35 7 $21,000
36-40 8 $24,000
41-45 9 $27,000
46-50 10 $30,000
51-55 11 $33,000
56-60 12 $36,000
61-65 13 $39,000
66 or more 14+ $42,000

Verifiable Add-Ons

Providers who meet certain verifiable criteria may be eligible to receive an additional “add-on” amount on top of their program amount and workforce amount. These verifiable add-on amounts are stackable, and each add $10,000 to the total grant amount.

  •  Operating in Child Care Deserts
  •  Serving or located in Communities of Color
  •  Serving or located in marginalized, low-income communities
  •  Supporting racial equity
  •  Located in area with high COVID impact
  •  Missed Quality Improvement Award due to COVID
  •  Waiting in the queue for data collection as a result of COVID

How does a provider apply for a grant?

Providers will log into the WA Compass Provider Portal, navigate to the Grant Information tab, select Current Grants, and select the DCYF Child Care Stabilization Grant application. The provider will answer a series of questions and then submit the application.

If you are an FFN provider, learn how to apply on the FFN Stabilization Grant webpage.

Get information about the application:

DCYF Child Care Stabilization Grant Application Step-by-Step Guide

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Where to Find Assistance

Technical and Language Assistance

If you need technical assistance, including assistance in your language, guidance on preparing for and accessing the application, or questions on spending and saving receipts, you can contact either the Imagine Institute or Voices of Tomorrow.

Application Questions

If you have questions about the application, the timeline of the grant or other questions specific to the grant, email dcyf.stabilizationgrant@dcyf.wa.gov.

WA Compass Provider Portal

To access your account or review your profile and licensing information, log in to the WA Compass Provider Portal.

Can’t Log In?

If you need help logging in to your Provider Portal account, email dcyf.providerportal@dcyf.wa.gov or call 866-627-8929.

Is there a deadline to apply for this grant?

Yes, the deadline to apply is June 30, 2022 by 11:59 PM

What other supports are offered?

Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) Stabilization Grant