Application for Best Starts Child Care Subsidy now open to families!

A thriving and equitable child care system is essential for our communities. Child care supports parents and guardians in the workforce; provides babies and children with nurturing spaces where they can grow and thrive and get the best possible start; and cultivates a community of well-resourced and supported caregivers.   That’s why at Best Starts, we…

Family Child Care Facilities Request for Proposal Round Two Delayed until Fall 2022

The Housing, Homelessness and Community Development Division (HHCDD) of King County's Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is delaying the release of the second round of the Family Child Care Facilities Fund (FCCFF) Request for Proposal (RFP), anticipated to release this month. The funding is now scheduled to be released in the Fall of…

DCHS Announces Funding Awards for New Child Care Subsidy Program Launched by King County

The Department of Community and Human Services is pleased to announce awards to five organizations that will help build, administer, and promote the new Best Starts for Kids Child Care Subsidy Program. This investment is meant to ease the costs for families where child care can be inaccessible. Funded partners will work to connect disparate systems,…

King County, City of Seattle partner to provide payments to child care workers, promote retention 

Sheila Ater Capestany, Director of King County's Children, Youth and Young Adult Division and DCHSLead for Best Starts for Kids King County and the City of Seattle announced this week a plan to provide one-time retention payments to eligible child care workers across King County. King County is dedicating $5 million from the Best Starts…

New Funding Opportunity: Family Child Care Home Upgrades  

King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity. The Family Child Care Facilities Fund (FCCFF) Request for Proposal (RFP) is now open.  This funding stream will support family child care providers with the maintenance, repairs, and renovations needed for their programs.  The RFP, driven by the…