Child Care Options for Foster Youth During Pandemic

October 14, 2020
child care

Many parents and caregivers depend on the K-12 system to provide education and care for children ages 5 to 12. 

With most students in Washington participating in remote learning this fall, parents and caregivers, including those who are responsible for children in out-of-home care, are left with the challenge of finding safe, stable child care so they can return to work. 

During this pandemic, guidance from the Department of Health (DOH) recommends that families who can safely keep children and youth home should continue to do so, but this is not always possible. 

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) would like to provide caregivers of children in out-of-home care with an overview of child care options available under licensing rules.

The fact sheets below will cover:
•    Licensed child care
•    Babysitting
•    Learning Pods
•    Respite Care
•    Substitute Care

Allowable Child Care for Children in Out-of-Home Placement During COVID-19

Accessing Child Care for Children in Out-of-Home Placement During COVID-19

Acceso al Cuidado Infantil para Niños Bajo Colocación Fuera del Hogar Durante la COVID-19