Fall Child Care COVID-19 Grant

To ensure a stable, functional and flexible child care system that supports providers and families during COVID-19, the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is providing direct support to licensed child care providers for stabilization, to assist with reopening and staying open, to offset increased costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and to incentivize providers to serve school-age children.

Who is eligible to apply for the grant?

Licensed providers must agree to remain open and serve children through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Temporary closures related to COVID-19 for a short period of time are not considered license closures. In addition, one of the following criteria must be met in order to be eligible for a grant:

  • Sustainability Criteria: Providers have been open and providing care throughout the pandemic and did not previously receive a DCYF Child Care COVID-19 Grant. *Open providers that did previously receive a DCYF Child Care COVID-19 Grant may be eligible for a difference payment if the grant amount was less than the amount currently offered.
  • Reopening Criteria: Providers who were temporarily closed and have now opened and did not receive a previous DCYF COVID-19 Grant because they were closed. Providers must be open at the time of their application (a provider is not eligible for this grant if they received a previous DCYF Child Care COVID-19 Grant and then closed their license).
  • Expansion Criteria: Providers who started serving school-age children or were newly authorized to serve children and families accessing subsidy, or expanded how they offer care (such as expanded hours, serving school-age children full-day instead of before and after school) as a result of the pandemic. *Newly licensed providers as of July 1, 2020, or later may be eligible for a grant.

More information about eligibility criteria and prioritization can be found in the DCYF Fall COVID-19 Child Care Grant Frequently Asked Questions.

  Funding for the DCYF Fall Child Care COVID-19 Grant is limited, and not everyone who applies is guaranteed to receive a grant.

What is the amount of the grant?

DCYF will use licensed capacity data to calculate funding amounts. Rates are reflective of the different costs associated with each program size, as follows:

The amount of children a site can serve based on licensed capacity Grant Amount Additional funding amount for providers in communities of concern*
32 or less $6,500 $650
33-199 $200 x licensed capacity 10% of grant amount
200+ $40,000 $4,000
Difference Payment Difference of current grant amount minus previous grant amount 10% of difference payment amount

If you are operating under a DCYF emergency waiver, your license may not reflect the capacity you are serving. In that case, the grant amount will reflect the capacity allowed by the DCYF waiver. Providers will be asked if they are operating under an emergency waiver, which DCYF will verify to ensure the correct grant amount is determined.

* Eligible providers within designated communities of concern who are focusing on improving services will receive an additional 10% of their funded grant amount.

Communities of Concern

DCYF uses Community Outcome and Risk Evaluation (CORE) data to determine areas of Washington State with specific community risk factors such as little or no child care services, use of state-funded drug and alcohol services, arrests for domestic violence, unemployment and state welfare assistance, and rates of referrals for victims of child abuse and neglect.

The following counties are considered Communities of Concern for the purposes of the DCYF Fall Child Care COVID-19 Grant:

  • Asotin
  • Clallam
  • Cowlitz
  • Ferry
  • Grays Harbor
  • Jefferson
  • Kitsap
  • Klickitat
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Okanogan
  • Pacific
  • Pend Oreille
  • Pierce
  • Skagit
  • Snohomish
  • Spokane
  • Stevens
  • Thurston
  • Wahkiakum
  • Whatcom
  • Yakima

How does a provider apply for a grant?

Providers will log into the WA Compass Provider Portal and select the DCYF Fall COVID-19 Child Care Grant pop-up. The provider will answer a series of questions and then submit the application.

Get information about the application:

DCYF Fall COVID-19 Child Care Grant Application Step-by-Step Guide

Where to Find Assistance

Application Questions

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

Need Assistance Filling Out the Application?

If you need assistance filling out the application, either in the Provider Portal or translated on paper, contact your Child Care Aware of Washington coach for assistance. If you don’t know who your coach is, call your regional Child Care Aware office:

Child Care Aware of Central Washington 877-965-7109
Child Care Aware of Eastern Washington 800-446-2229
Child Care Aware of King County 206-329-1011
Child Care Aware of Pierce County 253-272-8000
Child Care Aware of Northwest Washington 360-734-8396
Child Care Aware of the Olympic Peninsula 360-786-8907
Child Care Aware of Southwest Washington 360-952-3358

Is there a deadline to apply for this grant?

Yes, the deadline to apply is November 25, 2020 by 11:59pm