Working Connections Child Care Subsidy Policy Changes

August 17, 2020
mother and young child
Homeless Grace Period Extension

On July 1, 2020, the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) implemented an extension of the Homeless Grace Period in the Working Connections Child Care program from four to 12 months. Families eligible for the Homeless Grace Period can receive up to full-time care and no copay.

Single Parent College Students

On August 1, 2020, DCYF implemented policy changes in the Working Connections Child Care program to strengthen support of single parent college students and their children. Single parents who are enrolled full-time in an approved vocational education program and in good standing with their school are excused from required work activities.

Teen Parent/High School Students

Effective September 1, 2020, DCYF will implement policy changes in the Working Connections Child Care program strengthening support of teen parents enrolled in high school or working toward high school equivalency. Teen parent high school students who are 21 and younger may be eligible for full-time child care when they attend school 110 hours per month. Their copayment will be waived in order to support their participation in high school or work toward high school equivalency.

For additional information regarding each of these policy changes, you may contact or apply by phone at 844-626-8687 or online through Washington Connection at