Agency Performance

We are committed to the goals of supporting children, youth, and families in achieving better outcomes in the areas of resilience, education, and health. These outcome goals and the supporting strategic priorities, are essential to our agency’s work — they guide what we do and the decisions we make every day.

After months of cross-agency work in 2018, including input from hundreds of internal and external stakeholders around the state, we developed nine population-level outcome goals for DCYF related to the resilience, education, and health of children, youth, and families. 

To enable the agency to meet these outcome goals for children, youth, and families in Washington State, DCYF will focus on six Strategic Priorities – one relates to equity, three relate to our intention for children, youth, and families, and two relate to building necessary agency capacity to accomplish our work. These priorities are grounded in the mission, vision, values, and legislative purpose of DCYF.

Overarching all of our work is the goal to eliminate disparities so that race and family income are no longer predictors of child/youth well-being. We need to continue to thoughtfully address equity and disproportionality while also understanding and accounting for bias within data.

Strategic Priorities


The measures and information on these pages represent performance monitored in child welfare, early learning, and juvenile justice related to these strategic priorities and child outcome goals.  In addition to the child outcome goal indicators, each agency priority will ultimately include at least one primary outcome indicator, one or more balancing indicators to help monitor potential unintended consequences, and a set of indicators associated with the drivers that lead to the outcome.
The content of this site is reviewed regularly and updated annually with available data and information. In addition, these pages include supplemental measures for child welfare and early learning, and information about contracted services, as well as the finance information that supports improved outcomes.