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Child Care Complex Needs Fund Technical Assistance

The Fair Start for Kids Act (FSKA) directs the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) to distribute funds to promote inclusive, least restrictive environments and support providers serving children with developmental delays, disabilities, behavioral needs, or other unique needs.
The funds are distributed through the Complex Needs Fund.
The goal of the Child Care Complex Needs Fund is to direct funding to early child care and education providers. It is intended to promote inclusive, least restrictive environments and support providers serving children with developmental delays, disabilities, behavioral needs, or other unique needs.

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GRANT AND ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for this fund, providers and facilities must be:

Licensed or Certified Child Care Providers

Currently Open with a licensed in good standing

Serve at least one child receiving state subsidy through SSPS for at least one month between
Sept. 1, 2021, and Feb. 28, 2022, and claim payment by March 31, 2022

Currently have children enrolled with behavioral needs, developmental delays, disabilities, or other unique needs

What can the Grant be Used for?

Grant funds may be used for:

Grant funds may not be used for:

Application Information

All early learning providers are required to have a WA Compass Provider Portal account before the completion of the Child Care Complex Needs Fund application.

 

The application requires you to answer questions about your program and your plans for using the grant funds, if awarded. DCYF strongly recommends that you review the application before you apply so you can draft your answers, review them against the provided rubric, and make sure you are satisfied with the accuracy and completeness of your answers.

 

If you want help reviewing your application, including your proposed plan for the funds, please contact one of our technical assistance partners. Information on Technical Assistance is available here.

 

Applications will not be reviewed until the application period closes. There is no benefit to applying early.

DCYF recommends you take your time filling out the application and reviewing your answers.

Contact us to connect with a Technical Assistant

Call us at 206-492-5249 or email us at [email protected].

Important information

The Child Care Complex Needs Fund is a competitive grant. All applications received within the application period will be reviewed.

 

First, all applications will be scored according to the scoring rubric provided here. Only applications that score above a certain threshold will be considered for funding. If more applications are eligible for funding than DCYF is able to fund, the agency will prioritize applications according to certain factors. Once an applicant has been awarded grant funds, all funds must be spent within one year of receiving the grant and within the scope of the proposed project. 

 

Applications will be scored according to the scoring rubric. A copy of the rubric is available here.

 

Applicants may receive points for saying they need something; more points for explaining how the request will help the child(ren) in their care; and the most points for explaining the research, planning, or process that led to their decision.

 

Providers located in extreme access child care deserts and those serving or located in marginalized, low income communities will receive bonus points.

 

Providers that receive scores above a certain threshold will be considered as eligible for funding. If DCYF receives more eligible applications than they are able to fund, applications will be prioritized as described below.

IMPORTANT DATES

Application opensMay 11, 2022
Application closesJune 21, 2022
Scoring team meetsJune/July 2022
Decisions announcedJune/July 2022
Payments processed2-4 weeks after approval notifications

Need Assistance?

Technical assistance is available in both 1-on-1 or small group sessions.

These sessions can be delivered in-person, virtually, or over the phone. 

Technical assistance is available to support you in your preferred language.

 

Technical assistance can:

  • Help you apply for the Child Care Complex Needs Fund
  • Understand how funding can be used, and records need to be maintained.
  • Connect providers to resources and answer additional questions.

Contact us to connect with a Technical Assistant

Call us at 206-492-5249 or email us at [email protected].