Media Releases

DCYF Awarded Funding for Primary Child Maltreatment Prevention and Reduction of Entry into Foster Care

October 21, 2019

Olympia —The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) will receive more than $540,000 annually over the next five years to focus on the prevention of maltreatment and the reduction of children and youth entry into foster care. DCYF was one of nine nationwide recipients of the federal Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families grant. The grant is administered by the Children’s Bureau within the U.S.

Secretary Hunter Addresses the Need for Affordable Child Care at Economic Security Roundtable

September 12, 2019
roundtable discussion

Olympia — The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) Secretary Ross Hunter met with community and government leaders to discuss the critical role child care plays in the U.S. economy.

DCYF Plan to Improve the Foster Parent Experience

September 10, 2019

Olympia— Today, the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) Secretary Ross Hunter released an agency plan to improve foster parent engagement. After internal discussions with staff and foster parent groups, Secretary Hunter explains why foster parents serve such a critical role in the work of DCYF.

Education Requirements and Equivalencies for Early Learning Professionals

August 27, 2019

Olympia — The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) announced it will recognize previous work experience as an equivalency to meet the new licensing education requirements. On August 1, 2019, DCYF implemented new licensing regulations for licensed child care providers outlined in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 110-300-0100.

DCYF Releases Two Reports Evaluating the Effectiveness of Critical Programs

August 20, 2019

Revealing Data Show Opportunities for Improvements

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families Process for Child Removal

August 20, 2019

Olympia — The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) takes child safety seriously. Removing a child from their home is a delicate and stressful situation for all parties involved. Our number one priority is the safety of the child.

Updated Child Care Licensing Standards

July 26, 2019

Olympia – The Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) has worked collaboratively with the child care provider community on updates to the family home and center licensing standards that are effective on August 1, 2019. DCYF is leading with technical assistance during the first year of implementation.

Department of Children, Youth, and Families Phase II Transition

June 27, 2019

Olympia— On July 1, the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) will merge with the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Juvenile Rehabilitation, Office of Juvenile Justice and Child Care Subsidy Program, including Working Connections Child Care. DCYF’s current structure includes DSHS’ former Children’s Administration (child welfare services) and the former Department of Early Learning (child care services).

2018 State of Preschool Report Shows Progress in Washington State

April 17, 2019

Olympia — A recent report published by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) shows that Washington State continues to expand access to preschool while also increasing enrollment and state funding.