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Subsidy billing training schedule and locations


Subsidy billing guides

DEL's child care subsidy billing guides explain how child care providers can properly bill DSHS for child care services and how subsidized child care is authorized for eligible families.

Providers are therefore encouraged to take this training by the Department of Early Learning, Department of Social and Health Services, and Service Employees International Union Local 925. Upon completion, FFN providers will be awarded $10 per child receiving subsidies; family home providers will earn four STARS hours.

Choices of training available:

  • Online (English or Spanish);
  • Self-paced workbook (mailed out in English or Spanish); or
  • In-person training sessions throughout the state. (Where needed, Spanish, Russian or Somali translators will be provided).

Several state child care subsidy programs help eligible families with children pay child care costs. The most common is the Working Connections Child Care program which helps families who are working and have incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Other programs include the help for families who are homeless or seasonal workers, or through specific Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) programs.

The first step is for the family to contact DSHS to see if they qualify for subsidies, using the Community Services Office website or by calling toll-free 1.877.501.2233. Click for a WCCC brochure for families.

See related subsidy documents and forms for parents and eligibility workers.