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Let’s Talk Subsidies!

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2023 in Review: Let’s Talk Subsidies!

As we continue to share with you all the work we’ve accomplished in 2023, BrightSpark wanted to shine a light on our incredible Homeless Child Care Subsidy Program and Child Care Financial Assistance Program! In 2023 we made a huge impact – distributing just under $2.5 million in subsidies and child care vouchers directly to low-income and homeless families.

We are so proud of the work we did last year to help families find early learning programs that fit their unique needs, and we couldn’t have done it without the generosity of our community of supporters. Please help us continue this work to uplift the children and families in our communities. Every dollar donated helps us to provide resources directly to families, and our goal is to provide even more support for families next year. Together we can #DoMorein2024! 

About Our Homeless Child Care Subsidy Program

BrightSpark’s Homeless Child Care Subsidy Program has been around since 2003.

“Since the inception of BrightSpark’s Child Care Subsidy Program, we have disseminated over 16 million dollars in subsidy funding and tuition assistance for families. This safety net program is critical for families who are working to find more stability and need a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment for their children each day.” – Maggie Heard, BrightSpark’s Family Navigation Lead

Learn more about this program from the expert herself by watching the video below!

During the 2022-23 fiscal year, we served hundreds of children and families!

• The Homeless Child Care Subsidy program distributed $499,053.34 to 67 families and 89 children between King and Pierce Counties.

• The Child Care Financial Assistance program distributed $2,093,863.80 to 428 families and 577 children between King and Pierce Counties. 

Want to learn more about our Subsidy Programs, as well as the other services and resources BrightSpark offers? Check out our 2022-23 Community Impact Report!

The work outlined in this report was made possible by the supporters who have donated money, time, and resources to BrightSpark, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Help us continue to provide, improve, and expand our programs by giving a gift today so that we can #DoMoreIn2024.

Did you know? There’s more than one way to donate! 

When it comes to making a gift, you’ve got options! Donate via credit or debit card, check or money order, stocks and bonds, mutual and donor-advised funds, or in-person at our Renton office. If you have any questions or if you would like more information on ways to give, please reach out to our Development Director, Katie Halterman, at

We are so grateful to all of our donors and community partners. We hope you will join us in supporting our youngest community members!