Families see more financial help for child care in Washington state

13 Oct 2021


Help for Washington families with kids in child care expanded earlier this month, but local child care providers said many people still do not know about the changes and only some have seen the effects.

The first change was a cap on the amount parents who receive subsidized child care owe in monthly copayments. As of Oct. 1, parents will pay no more than 7% of their monthly income in child care copays. Before the change, families could owe as much as 20% of their monthly income, according to a news release from the state Department of Children, Youth and Families.

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