Paying for child care
Child care in the Puget Sound region is expensive. As a UW employee, you have access to tuition discounts for child care centers and nanny services. These are described on the off-site and it-home child care webpage.
In addition, the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP) helps you pay for child care and elder care by allowing you to set aside a portion of your salary for eligible expenses. The money you set aside isn’t taxed, so you save money on eligible expenses for services like preschool, day care, nanny fees, care for a person who is disabled, and other similar services. Learn more on UW’s DCAP website.
Student parents may also be eligible for financial assistance through the student Child Care Assistance Program.
The following community programs also provide financial support for child care.
Assistance for military families: Families with active military members may be eligible for assistance with child care fees. Visit Child Care Aware of America for more information.
Financial assistance for Bellevue, Kent, Redmond and Auburn families: Financial assistance is available for families making less than 80% of the Average Median Income. There are currently waiting lists for the programs in Kent and Auburn. To learn more and apply, click here.
Goodwin Connections: Undergraduate and master’s students are eligible for financial support from Family Connections. There are two application cycles annually, which open in April and November. Learn more on the Goodwin Connections website.
King County CARES Child Care Financial Assistance Program: During COVID-19, King County has allocated $2.25 million to support parents who live or work in King County with the cost of child care. Learn more and apply on the COVID-19 Child Care Support website.
Pierce County Child Care Financial Assistance Program: During COVID-19, Pierce County has allocated $1.5 Million to support Pierce County families with their child care costs. Contact Child Care Resources for more information.
Seattle Child Care Assistance Program: Seattle’s CCAP program helps working families, or a parent going to school, who are eligible and live within the Seattle city limits pay for child care services for children up to 13 years old. Eligibility guidelines and application information are on the Seattle CCAP website.
Snoqualmie Tribe Child Care and Development Fund: This program is open to all Native American families that meet eligibility criteria and provides financial support for child care and early learning services. Eligibility and application information is available on the Snoqualmie Tribe website.