Disproportionality in Subsidy Enrollment
From 2017 to 2021, subsidized child care programs have enrolled between 27 - 42 percent of the income-eligible population of children under 5 years of age in Washington State. Across the years, Asian/Pacific Islander children have received subsidies at over three times the rate that they are represented in the eligible population. Black/African American children have been slightly over-represented, while other groups have been consistently under-represented to varying degrees. Hispanic/Latino children have been especially under-represented, with only 10% of eligible Hispanic/Latino children receiving subsidies in 2021.