Currently, there is no waiting list for WCCC.
Working Connections Child Care has a wait list when enrollment exceeds 33,000 households. The last time a wait list was in effect was from March to October 2011.
The following groups receive priority access to WCCC:
- Families who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits. This includes families “curing a sanction” and child-only TANF cases.
- Foster children.
- Income-eligible families who have a child with special needs.
- Teen parents who do not live with a parent or guardian and who attend high school full-time. The high school must offer on-site child care.
- Families with a child living with a biological parent or guardian who have received child protective services, child welfare services, or a family assessment response from DCYF in the past six months. The child must have received a referral for child care from the case manager.
- Income-eligible families.
- Families who received Working Connection Child Care or Seasonal Child Care within the past 30 days, had their case closed, and are reapplying.
In the event of a wait list, eligible families within these groups would be prioritized to receive benefits while other eligible families would be subject to the wait list. DCYF would keep a wait list of families who apply. Families would be notified by mail when there are openings in the program
In the event of a wait list, what happens if I am eligible but not in one of the priority groups?
You would get a letter from DCYF that places you on the wait list. The wait list would be organized by date of screening applications. DCYF would contact you when space is available.
In the event of a wait list, how will DCYF contact me when space is available in WCCC?
DCYF would send you a letter when space is available. The only way DCYF would contact you is by mail, so make sure to tell DCYF right away if your mailing address changes. Call the Child Care Subsidy Contact Center at 1-844-626-8687.
In the event of a wait list, what do I do after I get a letter from DCYF telling me there is space available in WCCC?
Contact DCYF right away! There are three ways to contact them:
- Visit the Washington Connection website
- Submit a hard copy application to your local Community Service Office or by fax/mail
- Call the Child Care Subsidy Contact Center at 1-844-626-8687
When you call DCYF, have the:
- Name and phone number of your child care provider available.
What options are there for families while they are on a wait list?
Families can call Child Care Aware Washington to locate any child care providers in the community who offer a sliding fee scale or scholarships. There are also statewide hotlines that can help connect families to local resources, including:
- ParentHelp123 helps connect Washington families to food and health resources: 1.800.322.2588
- Washington Information Network 2-1-1 helps residents obtain information on health and human services: 2-1-1 or toll-free 1.877.211.WASH (9274)
How many families would be on the wait list?
That will depend on how many families apply for WCCC. WCCC can serve up to 33,000 families per month.
How long would families stay on the wait list?
That depends on how many families enter or exit the WCCC program while the wait list is in effect. DCYF monitors WCCC enrollment every month and would open enrollment as space becomes available.
Do other states use wait lists?
Yes, 36 states (other than Washington State) and U.S. territories and the District of Columbia have wait lists for their subsidy programs.