State task force report details policies to stabilize and sustain child care industry and increase affordability for Washington families

Percentage of families in areas that lack child care by county. Data from the Child Care Task Force 2020 Child Care Industry Assessment Report (Aug 2020).
This report focused on recommendations for supporting a child care workforce with competitive pay, benefits and training opportunities, incentives for providers to serve families enrolled in subsidy programs and expanded support for parents entering, re-entering or trying to stay in the workforce. Data from the Child Care Task Force 2020 Child Care Industry Assessment Report (Aug 2020).

Support providers participating in the state’s child care subsidy program:

Pay providers the same full-day subsidy rate for school-age children as for preschoolers.
Pay providers on a monthly basis, structured like the private pay market.
Restructure subsidy regions based on cost of living factors at the ZIP code level.

Help working parents enter, re-enter and stay in the labor force:

Graduate subsidy copayments to eliminate the “cliff effect”.
Shift subsidy eligibility from 200% of the federal poverty level to 85% of state median income.
Allow parents preparing to enter or re-enter the workforce, and parents participating in job training, apprenticeships and higher education, to receive child care subsidies.

Begin improvements to child care workforce compensation and development:

Take initial steps to understand and model the costs associated with quality child care.
Find ways to increase access to healthcare insurance coverage and higher wages.
Expand processes for child care staff to obtain and demonstrate skills and competencies.

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