Economic Services Administration
Working Connections Child Care
The Working Connections Child Care helps eligible families pay for child care while they work, attend job training, or participate in educational programs. The DSHS Economic Services Administration determines consumer eligibility and administers the subsidy payments. The Department of Early Learning sets policy for the program.
The “Working Connections Child Care” caseload is made up of WorkFirst households meeting TANF work participation requirements (25%) and households that need child care while parents or caretakers work in paid employment (75%). Non-WorkFirst adults may also participate in education or training, as long as they are also working a minimum number of hours per week. Training is time-limited, with limits depending on the parent’s age and the type of education or training.
Working Connections Child Care pays a monthly subsidy payment directly to the child care provider based on child age, geographic location, hours of service, and special needs. The parent also pays a copayment directly to the provider, based on household income.
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