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Education and Childcare

Child Care Assistance program

Choose from more than 180 licensed family child care homes and centers in Seattle, which contract with the City to provide high-quality and affordable child care for children up to age 13.

Department of Education & Early Learning (DEEL)

How it works

Families can apply at any time during the year. Families are screened for eligibility before submitting unnecessary forms/documentation. Successful applicants receive one voucher per child to cover 25% to 70% of tuition at a qualifying child care provider. Vouchers can be used for full-time, part-time, or before/after school care. Families are responsible for paying the difference between the voucher subsidy amount and the provider's regular monthly rate. Families can choose from over 180 high-quality and affordable child care providers.

You can apply at any time during the year and must recertify eligibility every 12 months


  • You live within Seattle city limits (residents living in unincorporated King County are not eligible)
  • You are employed and/or enrolled in qualified education or job training program
  • You have a child under 13 years old
  • You identify a child care provider contracted with the City of Seattle
  • You demonstrate ineligibility for any other childcare subsidy program
  • You meet the income guidelines based on family size:
    (Families with income that falls below these amounts may be eligible for the State's Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) program. To apply for WCCC, visit
2$2874 - $5028
3$3621 - $6335
4$4368 - $7642
5$5114 - $8948
6$5861 - $10255
7$6608 - $11562
8$7354 - $12868

Stuff you'll need

  • Your work or school schedule
  • Proof of your child's age
  • Proof of your address
  • Proof of family income


Call: (206) 386-1050


How to apply

Prior to applying, ensure you meet the eligibility criteria by completing the pre-screening. here is the link to the screening form: If you cannot fill out the form, provide the following information: Home Address; Email Address; Phone Number; Number of Adults (over 18) in your family; Number of Children in your family (include the age of each child); Are all adults either working or enrolled in school?; What is your family's estimated gross monthly income?; Have you already identified a CCAP provider? If so, who?

Apply online:

Apply online here

Printable application form:

Printable application here

Apply by email:

Apply by mail:

Seattle Municipal Tower, 17th Floor

(Monday to Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM, except holidays)

Apply by phone:

Phone: (206) 386-1050 (Monday to Friday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM, except holidays)

Apply in-person

Seattle Municipal Tower, 17th Floor (Monday to Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM, except holidays)

Apply by fax:

(206) 233-7152