New child care subsidies for student veterans

In partnership with the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) Child Care Resources has launched a Veteran Student Child Care Subsidy program to support veteran students with the costs of child care while they pursue their post-secondary education or training program.

Child Care Resources, a trusted community partner who has worked to support children and families in King County for decades, will assist veteran families in securing stable, high-quality child care for their children by providing partial child care payments.

Program details and eligibility

The Veteran Student Child Care Subsidy program pays between 50-90% of average King County child care rates, depending on income and family size.

To be eligible, veteran families must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Live in King County
  • Have served at least one day in the military, any discharge type
  • Have a child age 0-12
  • Be enrolled in school or job training
  • Fall within gross (pre-tax) monthly income limits

Types of Care

Subsidies will be paid directly to the child care provider on behalf of the student veteran. The child care subsidy may be used to pay for any of the following types of child care:

Licensed Child Care Center (CCC) or Family Child Care (FCC):

  • Providers must be licensed and in good standing with the State of Washington 
  • Families may call 1-800-446-1114 or visit to determine whether a provider is appropriately licensed.

School-Age Only Programs (SA):

  • For providers serving only school-aged children (6 years and older), they must be operating legally.

Learn more about the program, eligibility requirements and application process.

Information sessions

Please join Child Care Resources for an informational session to learn more about the Veteran Student Child Care Subsidy program, receive guidance on the application process, and ask questions.

Thursday, March 18, 2021 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Click here to Register

Friday, March 19, 2021 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Click here to Register

If you have any questions, please contact Child Care Resources at 206-338-7570 or A Family Engagement Specialist is available Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm to assist you.

Supporting student veterans

Student veterans stand at a critical juncture in their transitions from military service to civilian life. Because they often come to college and universities later in life, it is not unusual for these student veterans – particularly women student veterans – to have young children who require care while parents attend classes, study or work part time. The challenges of finding flexible, affordable and quality child care that meets the needs of veteran students causes too many student veterans to drop out of school or take much longer than average to complete their schooling. Keeping student veterans engaged in their postsecondary education is an investment in the entire community’s vibrancy, and providing childcare supports is one means to ensure veteran student success.