Washington State Governor Inslee signed the Fair Start for Kids Act May 7, 2021. This historic legislation strengthens Washington’s child care system by assisting families with young children and licensed child care programs. Families with young children and child care providers will begin seeing the benefits of the new law starting in July 2021. For example:
- In July – September 2021, families using Working Connections Child Care subsidies will not have to pay child care copayments, thanks to the Fair Start for Kids Act. Then from Oct. 2021 through 2022, family copayments will be capped at $115 per month. Some families will pay less.
- Starting July 2021, the state will increase the reimbursement rates it pays to child care providers who serve children on Working Connections Child Care subsidies.
To learn more about the benefits of the Fair Start for Kids Act, click here.