DCYF Child Care Grant Opportunities

DCYF offers several different funding opportunities for child care providers. To learn more, review the different grant opportunities:

As a result of the Federal American Rescue Plan Act, grant funds are available to help stabilize, support, and grow the diverse early learning workforce to rebuild a stronger child care system and expand access to affordable, high-quality child care.

Who is eligible?

Licensed or certified child care providers with an open license in good standing are eligible to apply. License-exempt Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) providers serving children receiving state subsidies are also eligible.

How much funding is available?

Individual grant amounts vary based on the provider type, licensed capacity, and demographic and subsidy data. Average grant amounts will total approximately:

  • $750 - $1,400 for FFN
  • $24,000 - $52,000 for Licensed Family Homes
  • $24,000 - $59,000 for Small Child Care Centers (Licensed Capacity Less Than 50)
  • $55,000 - $90,000 for Large Child Care Centers (Licensed Capacity Greater Than 50)

When can providers apply?

The Stabilization Grant application is available through June 30, 2022. This is a one-time, non-competitive grant.

Where can I find more information?

See the Child Care Stabilization Grant webpage.

Needs-Based Grants are available for improving program quality. Grants may be used to assist with purchasing curriculum and instructional materials, supplies, equipment, focused infant-toddler improvements, environmental improvements, minor renovations to the child care facility, supports and materials or services for care of children with special needs, or other items as identified by the coach.

Who is eligible?

Early Achievers participants who have an open license in good standing may apply for the Needs-Based Grant if they meet at least one of the following:

  • Are enrolled in the USDA Tier 1 food program.
  • Are located within a school district that serves at least 20% low-income children based on Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) data.

How much funding is available?

Providers may request up to $1,000.

When can providers apply?

The Needs-Based Grant application is available each fiscal year. The grant application opens on August 1, 2022 and remains open until all funds have been depleted. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. A provider may apply for a Needs-Based Grant one time each fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Where can I find more information?

See the Early Achievers Supports and Resources webpage.

Complex Needs Funds are intended to promote inclusive, least restrictive environments and to support child care providers serving children who have developmental delays, disabilities, behavioral needs, or other unique needs. 

Grant funding may be used for staffing, therapeutic services, facility improvements to comply with ADA accessibility requirements or behavioral needs, supportive and adaptive materials and equipment, and/or teacher training.

Who is eligible?

Open licensed or certified child care providers are eligible to apply if they:

  1. Served children receiving state subsidy through the Social Service Payment System (SSPS) at least one month between Sept. 1, 2021, and Feb. 28, 2022, and have claimed payment by March 31, 2022

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  2. Have children currently enrolled in their care with behavioral needs, developmental delays, disabilities, or other unique needs.

How much funding is available?

Providers may request between $5,000 and $100,000+.

When can providers apply?

The Complex Needs Fund will be available in late spring 2022. Grant applications will be scored and prioritized before funding determinations are made.

Where can I find more information?

See the Child Care Complex Needs Fund webpage.

The purpose of the Early Childhood Equity Grant is to direct funding to the early care and education community and parent support programs, with a priority placed on BIPOC providers and providers serving BIPOC children. The grant seeks to advance and inspire practices that promote inclusive and culturally responsive learning, environments, and enhanced language access.

Where can I find more information?

See the Early Childhood Equity Grant webpage.

To be responsive to workforce retention concerns and help providers retain their staff, DCYF will offer a workforce retention grant. Providers can use these funds to provide one-time payments to their workers in eligible roles.

Who is eligible?

The application is open to licensed or certified child care providers who are:

  • Open and serving at least one enrolled child
  • Have staff records up to date in MERIT
  • Have applied for the Child Care Stabilization Grant (this grant is open through Sept. 30, 2022 and providers are still able to apply)

How much funding is available?

After the application closes, DCYF will divide the available funding evenly among the total eligible child care workers across all applicants.

When can providers apply?

The Workforce Retention Grant application is available through October 20, 2022. This is a one-time, non-competitive grant.

Where can I find more information?

See the Workforce Retention Grant webpage.

Where to Find Assistance

Application Questions

If you have questions about a grant application, the timeline of a grant, or other questions specific to these grants, email dcyf.childcaregrants@dcyf.wa.gov.