Media Releases

DCYF Awarded Renewal of Federal Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five

December 23, 2019

Olympia – The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) was recently awarded a renewal grant for $34 million to implement the Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) from the Department of Health and Human Services.

DCYF Submits Family First Prevention Plan to the Children’s Bureau

December 20, 2019

Olympia – The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) submitted its plan to the federal Children’s Bureau today to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFSPSA). Washington is one of a small handful of states to do so.

Secretary Hunter Participates in National Adoption Day Ceremony

November 22, 2019

Olympia — Today, Secretary Ross Hunter of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) will open the King County Courthouse National Adoption Day ceremony at noon. Secretary Hunter will join local courts across the country in celebrating families by finalizing hundreds of foster care adoptions.

What: National Adoption Day Ceremony

DCYF Announces the Expansion of Home Visiting Services in Washington State

November 14, 2019

Olympia – The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) recently selected four home visiting programs to expand their existing services to an additional 146 families. These programs will bring services to families across the state in areas with the highest need based on the recent home visiting needs assessment.

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.

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.