State-supported child care

Children Receiving State-Subsidized Child Care

Fiscal
Year
Average
Monthly
Caseload
2016 29,820
2015 29,175
2014 27,605
2013 25,221
2012 25,364
2011 35,030
2010 37,413
2009 61,113
2008 64,419
2007 64,287
2006 65,849
2005 66,861
2004 67,298
2003 71,909
2002 78,280
2001 76,712
2000 69,204
1999 60,847
1998 53,287
1997 43,278
1996 39,107
1995 37,486

Compared to Population Age 12 & Under

  • The average monthly caseloads shown here include children receiving subsidized child care in Child Care Development Fund programs as well as Therapeutic Child Care and child care through Adoption Support.
  • Most state-subsidized child care is for children under 13. Children age 13 to 18 are eligible for subsidies if they are physically or mentally incapable of caring for themselves or are under court supervision.
  • Declining caseloads in fiscal year 2012 and 2013 were partially a result of policy changes implemented between October 2010 and March 2011.
  • Increases in fiscal years 2014 and 2015 resulted from the reversal of the 2010 and 2011 policy changes.

Data sources:

Last modified: January 9, 2017
E-mail: OFM.Forecasting@ofm.wa.gov