I'm an Early Learning Provider


Early learning professionals provide care and education to our state's littlest learners. There are various roles within early learning in Washington:

Family Home Child Care

Family Home Child Care Owner/Licensee is a person who obtains a license from the Department of Children, Youth and Families to offer ongoing care for one or more children in their own home. Other Family Home Child Care staff include lead teachers, assistants, aides, and volunteers.

ALERT: DCYF Office Closures and Delays


Office Closures and Delays Update

Many DCYF facilities have resumed normal business operations Thursday, February 14, 2019. The following DCYF buildings are delaying opening or are closed:



Delayed Opening/Closed Status


3423 6th St

Vancouver Office Temporarily Closed


Update (4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1): The Vancouver office, located at 907 Harney St., will remain closed through Monday. We anticipate the office will reopen on Tuesday morning.

Due to ongoing construction, the DCYF office in Vancouver, located at 907 Harney St., will remain closed today and is expected to reopen on Monday afternoon.

If you need assistance with reporting abuse, neglect, or child care concerns, please call 1-866-ENDHARM.

Child Care Subsidy Rate Increase for Licensed Centers

Photo of backpacks in a child care center

Effective February 1, 2019, the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) will increase child care subsidy base rates for licensed center providers.

All regions will receive base rate increases for infant, toddler, and preschool age ranges. Region 1 will have an increase for school-age children as well.

The increase brings all center subsidy rates to at or above the 45th percentile at Early Achievers Level 2, based on the 2018 Market Rate Survey.

New Dashboard Showcases Agency Performance Measures

Performance dashboard

One of our agency’s core values is transparency, and there are many ways that we try to live out that value in our work. We think it’s important to share publicly our goals and how we are making progress on them, and to that end, we have launched an agency performance dashboard on our website.

Our agency is just six months old, and like everything else, we expect this dashboard will evolve and improve over time. In this first iteration, we are trying to accomplish a few things:

Rate Proposal for Behavioral Rehabilitation Services

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The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) oversees the state child welfare system.

DCYF selected Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) to complete a series of rate studies over 18 months for the following services: Behavorial Rehabilitation Services (BRS), child placing agencies, foster parent reimbursement rates, and Exception Cost Foster Care (ECP).

The calculated rates have an anticipated implementation period of July 1, 2019.

Foster Parents Recognized for Taking in Most Vulnerable Children

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Dave Keating will be remembered through the hundreds of children he and his wife fostered over a 30 year period.

For over 30 years Dave and Denise Keating welcomed hundreds of foster children into their home in Enumclaw.

They treated each child as if they were their own and adopted, became legal guardians, and created lifetime bonds with many of the children that came through their doors.