The Early Care and Education Substitute Pool is designed to support family child care and child care center providers in their professional development. State funding is currently available for certain allowable activities.
The substitute pool has funding available for this fiscal year 2024
(July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024).
See information on ELIGIBILITY here.
Due to overwhelming demand, the Early Care and Education Substitute Pool’s subsidized shift funding has reached its limit for fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021). We are currently unable to accept any additional subsidized shifts for this fiscal year. You may still access the substitute pool at your own expense by using the request form and selecting the “Private Pay” option.
All shifts that have already been confirmed will still be covered through the funding stream you selected.
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The substitute pool is available through our private pay option for licensed centers and family home providers in good standing with DCYF. These hours can be scheduled for any time, on any day, and the rate is set by the facility or provider. You are responsible for following the minimum wage requirements of your City, County, and State. To see if you qualify for subsidized options, please check our eligibility section below.
SEIU 925 Union Benefit Days. Washington State licensed family home child care providers who have served at least one state subsidized child in the last 12 months can access up to 50 hours of paid substitute time PER FISCAL YEAR through June 30, 2024.
Additional hours can be accessed through our private pay option by completing this form.
Licensed family home child care providers who are participating in Early Achievers and have not served a subsidized child in the last 12 months can access 50 hours of paid substitute time PER FISCAL YEAR (July 1st, 2023 – June 30, 2024) to cover shifts while staff are focusing on Early Achievers participation and progress. Additional shifts can be accessed through our private pay option by completing this form.
Washington State licensed child care centers participating in Early Achievers can access up to 50 hours of paid substitute time through June 30th, 2024 to cover shifts while staff are focusing on Early Achievers participation and progress. Additional shifts can be accessed through our private pay option by completing this form.
This checklist will help you think of all the things your substitute will need to be able to locate to be prepared to work in your environment. Spend the first hour providing an orientation to your program, and letting them know where to find all the items on this form. Feel free to add more!
Your substitute will leave an End of Day Report for you explaining how the day went. If there is anything specific you want in your report, please request it at your onsite orientation with your substitute.
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