Paying for child care

State Subsidy Option

The Washington State Working Connections Child Care subsidy provides financial assistance for families with low incomes while they work, look for work, or go to school. Visit the Washington Connection website for eligibility information and to apply.

City of Seattle Child Care Assistance Program

The City of Seattle helps low- and moderate-income working families pay for child care. A family may choose from more than 200 high-quality licensed child care programs in Seattle. To learn more about the program and be screened for eligibility, please visit the CCAP website. If you have questions, contact CCAP at 206-386-1050.

CCR's Child Care Financial Assistance Program

Child Care Resources administers a child care financial assistance program for residents of Auburn, Bellevue, Kent, and Redmond who have a child ages 1-month to 12-years in licensed child care. To learn more and apply, click here. Please mail or fax the completed application to CCR. If you have questions, call us at 206-323-4912.

Homeless Child Care Subsidy Program

Child Care Resources assists homeless families in King and Pierce Counties who are ineligible for public child care subsidy or need help paying for child care copays. If you have questions or to complete our intake process, call us at 206-329-5842.

Tax Savings When Paying for Child Care

Some employers offer flexible/dependent care spending accounts, which allow costs for child care to be deducted from your paycheck pre-tax. Talk to your employer to find out if a flex plan is available. Earned Income Tax Credit is a tax credit for low- and moderate-income working individuals and families. The Federal Child Tax Credit is another way to help pay for child care and can help you save on your tax bill.

Sliding Scale Options and Discounts

Your child care  provider may offer a multi-child discount or sliding scale based on income. When you interview caregivers, have a discussion about what you can afford and request written information about costs.