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Education and Child Care

Child Care Assistance program

Choose from more than 200 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 200 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 child care 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 form ( You will hear back from a member of the CCAP team. If you’re eligible, you’ll receive an application form to complete and will need to plan to submit supporting documents along with that application. If you are not eligible, you will hear from us including a reason you’re not eligible at that time. While schools are closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, CCAP is working to identify child care providers who are open and closed, and those that have capacity, especially for first responders, medical and other essential personnel. Please reach out if you have a need.

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

Due to COVID-19 mitigation, in-person applications cannot be accepted at this time. Please contact us via phone if you need different support.

Apply by fax:

(206) 233-7152