Kindergarten readiness, by household income group (percent below federal poverty level), 2018
The second DCYF education outcome goal is that youth are engaged in school. Youth who feel more connected or committed to school are more likely to achieve positive academic outcomes and are less likely to experience mental health issues.
Engagement in school can be measured by the Healthy Youth Survey’s index of engagement in school, which captures information on decision-making opportunities at school, one-on-one opportunities with teachers, opportunities to work on special projects, extracurricular opportunities, and feeling a part of class activities or discussions. Healthy Youth Survey results show that 65% of 10th graders living with parents/guardians report a high level of engagement at school, compared to 49% of students who do not live with parents/guardians.
10th graders with high levels of school engagement
DCYF’s third outcome goal related to education is that high school students graduate on time. Among 84,048 high school students in the 2018 cohort, 67,994 (81%) graduate on time.
Among that 2018 cohort, about half (42,829) are indicated as low-income students. Non-low income students graduate at a rate of 90%. By comparison, 72% of low-income students graduate on time.
Of youth receiving Juvenile Rehabilitation services during the 2005-2006 school year who were enrolled in ninth grade, 9 percent graduated on time (2008-2009) and an additional 5 percent graduated within the following two years.
Four year graduation rate by income group (2017-18 school year)
Washington state has more than 5,500 licensed or certified child care facilities, including licensed child care centers, licensed family home child care programs, and licensed school-age programs.
Licensed capacity of child care providers, by type, 2018
|Child Care Centers||Family Home Providers||School Age Only|
Licensed capacity of child care providers, by age group, 2017
Source: Compass, December 2019
Notes: Licensed capacity is maximum number of children that a licensee is authorized to have on the premises of the child care at any one time, not a measure of the number of children a provider intends to serve. The licensed capacity by age group reported here reflects the maximum potential number of children who can be onsite at any given time in each age category. For example, for a facility with a licensed capacity of five that accepts both preschoolers and school-age children, five are added in both the preschool and school-age categories. The facility has the option of taking a child in either age category. This means the total licensed capacity to serve children for each age group is less than what is listed here.
Early Achievers uses an easy-to-understand rating system to track quality improvement of participating early care providers. In October 2019, we estimate that over 70,000 non-school-age children were served in settings rated 3 or higher.
Estimated number of children served by each type of provider, by quality, 2018
|Rating||Child Care Center||Family Home Providers||Head Start/ECEAP||Total for year|
|Not yet rated||23,145||6,893||1,367||31,405|