This initiative has funding of about $7 million. The capital comes from two departments of Education and Early Learning. The partnering institutions are in King County and the City of Seattle. The money will go to about 12,000 childcare workers. The professionals expect to receive the one-time payment as retention bonuses. (source)
King County gave $5 million through the Best Starts for Kids levy. And the City of Seattle provided $2.4 million from the JumpStart Payroll Expense Tax. Almost 90% of eligible licensed child care providers applied for the retention payments. The amounts should start reaching the workers in September. King County Executive Dow Constantine made comments on the program. (source)
"Child care workers are essential to a healthy, thriving region, providing critical services to families and communities every day. We are committed to access to affordable child care and respectful wages for child care workers, and these investments provide the necessary support to ensure both. We're grateful for our partnership with Mayor Harrell and the City of Seattle and will continue to collaborate on ways we can invest in this workforce."
Child care is essential to the well-being of communities, families, and children. But it is one of the lowest-wage jobs in the state’s workforce. In Washington, child care workers make about $9 less than the median worker, close to minimum wage. (source)
There was a large number of eligible applicants who applied to the initiative. Thus, the one-time payment will range from $400 – $500 per childcare worker. The retention payments are a direct response to extra duties. These professionals got more work during the pandemic. Plus, there are ongoing inequities in the field and other challenges. (source)
The Child Care Resources managed the application process. It is the primary point of contact. For questions, contact Child Care Resources at (800) 446-1114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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