July 1 is a big day for early learning in Washington! Several changes go into effect that we will launch on Monday, July 2.
- Portable background checks. Beginning July 1, our state moves to portable background checks for those working in child care. View more information on portable background checks, including information on an upcoming webinar for providers, and a frequently asked questions document.
- Child care subsidy eligibility. Beginning July 1, eligible families can be authorized for Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) subsidies for 12 months at a time. Also, WCCC eligibility limits change from 175 percent federal poverty level to 200 percent federal poverty level. These changes may help more families access WCCC. There is no wait list for WCCC at this time. Information about these changes to subsidies will be posted on DEL’s WCCC page on Monday, July 2. Please share this information in your community.
- Statewide expansion of Early Achievers begins. Early Achievers, our state’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system:
- Connects families to child care and early learning programs with the help of an easy-to-understand rating system.
- Offers coaching, financial incentives and resources for child care providers.
- Find out more about how child care providers and families can benefit from Early Achievers.