Working Connections Child Care Enrollment Information

Working Connections Child Care continues to accept applicants.  Currently there is no co-pay.  To determine if you are eligible, check out the data below:  

Family SizeIncome limit

If your income is equal to or less than the limits above (in consideration of your family’s size), your kids can get free child care.  

To determine your income it may be easiest to look at your IRS 1040 form, line 15 “taxable income”.

How to apply:  go to this Department of Children, Youth, and Families website

The Legislature has also capped enrollment in Working Connections Child Care at 33,000.  Right now enrollment is short of this cap by thousands of children.  So now is a good time to enroll kids in Working Connections Child Care.


Increased eligibility and affordable co-pays for Working Connections Child Care kick in on October 1st. To determine if you are eligible, we put together this spreadsheet:


  • A single mom with two kids, with an income of $31,000 or less, can get Working Connections Child Care for her children 12 years old and younger, for $65 a month. (This co-pay covers all her children in child care.)  
  • A family of four with income less than $61,500 can get Working Connections Child Care for their children for $115 a month.
  • A one adult/one child family with income less than $14,000 can get Working Connections Child Care with no co-pay.

The Legislature made great strides for affordability of child care. Now we have to enroll our kids!

ChildCare Aware – Resources

Paying for Child Care

While limited, some options exist to help pay for child care. Some child care providers offer a sliding fee scale based on income, and the Working Connections subsidy program may be an option for families with low incomes.

Emergency Child Care Voucher Program

Short-term assistance with paying for child care may be available for you or someone you know:

  • If you are experiencing a medical emergency, loss of wages, or other unexpected hardship
  • If you have no other financial resources or child care alternatives and continuity of care is threatened
  • If you live in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, San Juan, or Island County.

To apply, call (360) 603-0202 and ask to speak to someone about emergency child care vouchers. Upon approval, parents/caregivers will need to send a bill or invoice from a licensed child care provider. Approved payments will be made directly to the child care provider. 

You can also view and print programs flyers in English and Spanish.

Working Connections Child Care Program (Statewide)

Depending on your income, you may qualify for assistance to access quality, licensed child care at a greatly reduced rate. 

Visit  the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) for eligibility requirements and application process.

You may apply directly by calling 1-844-626-8687. You will need to give DCYF the following information for yourself and the other parent if they live in the home with you and the child:

  • Name and phone number of your employer
  • Days and hours you work.
  • Your hourly wage
  • Your gross income for the last three months or your tax return for the previous calendar year
  • Amount of any unearned income you receive, such as child support or SSI benefits
  • Current child support order for the child who needs care, if any
  • Proof of your child’s citizenship or legal residency
  • The name and phone number of the child care provider
  • Your phone number

If you are not eligible for the Child Care Subsidy program based on your income, some child care programs offer a sliding scale.

Call the Child Care Aware of Washington Family Call Center, 1-800-446-1114, and speak with a child care referral specialist for information and advice about locating child care,  applying for subsidy, or locating a program that offers a sliding scale.

Homeless Grace Period (Statewide)

If you or somebody you know is experiencing homelessness, the DSHS Homeless Grace Period may be an option. As a first step, you are strongly encouraged to call Child Care Aware of Washington Family Call Center. 1-800-446-1114. A Child Care Referral Specialist can help you: 1) find out if you are eligible, 2) navigate the state subsidy system, and 3) connect you with additional resources.

You are eligible for the program if you:

  • Live temporarily with family or friends
  • Do not have a home
  • Live in a shelter, car, or park
  • Live in transitional housing
  • Are income eligible
  • Other temporary situations could also qualify – call to confirm eligibility.

You may also apply for the Homeless Child Care Program directly by calling DCYF 1-844-626-8687.

Other Resources:

Visit the statewide Resource Finder website for links to food, nutrition, health, housing, and utility assistance

CDC partners with Vroom for Milestones Matter

CDC is using a Vroom tip on their Milestones Matter poster Milestones Matter with CDC and Vroom! This new poster from CDC and Vroom shares the importance of tracking your child’s development and using brain building tips to add learning to everyday moments. 

CDC offers more free materials available at

Vroom has lots of great tips, for children from birth to age 5, that support parents/caregivers with many positive ways to bring brain building into everyday moments!

Free Early Math Training

We are very pleased to invite you to a Free Math Anywhere training series via Zoom beginning on June 4th!
About Math Anywhere!: Established in 2017, Math Anywhere! is a community-based project in Washington which aims to build positive math experiences outside of school. We think:
math can be playful
interesting math-y ideas to explore exist all around us, wherever we go
anytime is a good time to chat about math
everyone has important math thinking to share
Math Anywhere has been working to create place-based media and visiting with children and their grown-ups in different community spaces to share our ideas. This training series will broaden how you think about math and inspire you to play with math in the places you visit every day. 
Training Series Dates:  Register for some or all (Session 1 required for Sessions 2-4)
June 4th – Session 1: Math Anywhere! Invite Math Play into Every Day
June 11th- Session 2: How Many? Noticing and Talking about Quantity
June 18th– Find Shapes: Exploring Geometry in our Landscape
June 25th– Same or Different? Yes!

All sessions will be held from 9-11am.

Intended Audience: Early Learning Professionals (Librarians, Home Visitors, Child Care Providers, etc), Parents, and anyone who is interested in having fun with children!

Follow-up sessions on Mathemetizing Spaces: August 27, October 15, Nov 19- designed for folks who complete or have completed the above Math Anywhere sessions

Instructor: Molly Daley, Math Coordinator at ESD 112 

Sponsored By: Snohomish County Early Learning Coalition

Funded By: Washington STEM

Questions? Contact Kendall Appell at

Safe Kids Academy

Safe Kids Washington has partnered with the Traumatic Brain Injury Council and the University of Oregon to bring a series of virtual safety education learning events for kids of all ages. These virtual events are engaging and fast moving with safety information, activities and entertainment, and prizes! We have sessions for all ages and parts for the parents in each session as well.

These virtual events are perfect for daycares and day camps as an options for engagement. They are great to give your kids something to do so they are not bored sitting at home once school is out or just something fun and educational while kids are at home for the summer or still engaged in virtual learning. You can even share this opportunity with friends and family in other states and participate together.

These sessions are free, and did I mention prizes. Participants (Washington residents only) will be eligible to get free safety equipment through local Safe Kids coalitions and other community partners, such as bicycle helmets or life jackets, or coupons for discounts on ATV helmets or car booster seats and each participant gets a chance for a drawing at the end of the session for prizes like Amazon gift cards, Xbox gift cards, an apple watch, and more. The more activities you complete during the session the more chances you get to win the larger drawing prizes. You can register for each individual session by clicking on the age and session date you want to sign up for in the attached flyer or use your smartphone camera to scan the QR code to be taken to the general registration page where you will find the Safe Kids Virtual Academy sessions as well as other free virtual conferences for TBI. 

FAE Registration Link

FAE Summer Academy’s priority registration closes May 15th!Students will have the opportunity to grow, learn, and make new friends! The FAE Summer Academy provides 5-weeks of fun and challenging summer learning for low-income children in our Skagit Valley communities. This summer the program will be held at Little Mountain Elementary in Mount Vernon.

Certified teachers and college fellows, who are studying to be teachers, incorporate literacy and reading into curriculum based on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. We also include enriching activities such as music, art, and field trips!

The mission of FAE is to provide empowering educational experiences for low-income children and families and to build a community that realizes its full potential supported by a network that encourages leadership and lifelong learning.

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-22 School Year Has Begun!

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-22 School Year Has Begun

Anacortes, WA– School districts across Northwest Washington are now registering kindergarten students for the 2021-22 school year. While school may look different because of the COVID-19 pandemic, classes (whether remote, in-person or a combination of both) will still begin in the fall.

Families with children who are five years of age by September 1st should start the registration process now for Kindergarten. Children who will be six years old by September 1st can register for first grade whether or not they have attended Kindergarten.

Begin by determining the school district in your county of residence (NWESD school district sites are included here). Then contact that school district to determine specific registration steps. In many cases, kindergarten registration can be completed online.

NWESD regional school district K registration hub 

The following are overarching guidelines that most districts follow, please check with your individual district for specific requirements. 

  • Registering your child early will help school districts determine needs for space, staff, and options (remote, hybrid, in-person)
  • To register your child, most districts request proof of age and immunization records.
  • A child must be five years old before September 1, 2021to be entitled to enter kindergarten, except under special circumstances* 

After a child has been registered for kindergarten in their assigned district, most districts conduct a school visit, but during the pandemic, this visitation may be conducted virtually. You can find out a district’s process and protocols by getting in touch with your district of residence.

Considerations for families of young school-age children:

  • Schools and districts around the region are working hard to ensure the safety of all students and have been extremely successful in keeping safety and health at the forefront of decisions about the methods of learning offered. Each district makes these decisions with input from community members and public health officials. 
  • Social and emotional learning are essential pieces of young children’s development. Fostering relationships and learning alongside peers their same age is an important component of that development.  Schools are natural places for children to engage, learn, and grow together.  

*School districts may adopt regulations that provide for a screening process and/or instrument(s) that measure the ability or the need, or both of an individual student to succeed in earlier entry according to the option for exceptions to uniform entry qualification requirements (WAC 392-335-025).

For more information please contact your local district

Graphics prepared by the School Communications Collaborative

About the NWESD
Located in Anacortes, the NWESD is one of nine Educational Service Districts in Washington State. The NWESD serves 35 school districts and tribal compact schools in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, and San Juan counties, providing leadership and cooperative services to the educational communities in the northwest region.  

Sarah Southard, NWESD Director Early Learning & Migrant Education Program | 360-299-4045

Jessica Owens, NWESD Communication Specialist | 360-299-4714