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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.

NEED TO REQUEST OR SCHEDULE A SUBSTITUTE?

The substitute pool has new funding and eligibility this fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022).
Please review our ELIGIBILITY section for more information.

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.

"I know the substitute whom I'd like to schedule."

"I'd like to review the substitute directory to select my preferred substitute."

NEED HELP WITH THE SUBSTITUTE POOL?

Visit the Substitute Pool’s videos and resources page where you’ll find helpful how-to videos on navigating through the subpool.

Find videos in English, Somali, and Spanish.

Washington State Early Care and Education Substitute Pool Facility Orientation

ACCESS

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.

Providers can request a substitute for any day of the week by completing this form.

All licensed child care facilities can access the substitute pool.

ELIGIBILITY

SEIU 925 Union Benefit Days. Licensed family home child care providers who have served at least one state subsidized child in the last 6 months can access up to 50 hours of paid substitute hours through June 30, 2022. 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 a paid substitute 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.
Licensed child care centers participating in Early Achievers can access up to 50 hours of paid substitute time through June 30th, 2022 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.

Providers can also reach us by calling 206-492-5249 during business hours.

FACILITY CHECKLIST

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!

END OF DAY REPORT

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.

PLAN YOUR SUBSTITUTE TIME

Need help with the Substitute Pool?
Assistance in English/Ayuda en español/Cawinaad af Soomaali
 


Do you have a preferred substitute you'd like to schedule?
REQUEST A SUBSTITUTE

Don't have a preferred substitute?
Check out the SUBSTITUTE DIRECTORY.