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Best Starts for Kids Child Care Subsidy

Important Update From the BrightSpark BSK Team:


As of December 1, 2023, our new subsidy administrator is BrightSpark Early Learning Services, formerly known as Child Care Resources (check out our blog here for more information). Due to this transition in administration we are currently experiencing a high volume of calls and emails. Please allow us 2-4 business days to connect you with one of our Family Access and Support (FAS) Team members who will be able to support you with your questions.


Specifically, we are aware that there are urgent payment delays pending from previous months. BrightSpark Early Learning Services, with the support of King County DCHS, is actively addressing and correcting these payment delays and working with providers to ensure that payments are reconciled as soon as possible. Please expect a call back from one of our FAS team members to support you.


Thank you for your patience as your BrightSpark BSK team works to resolve these issues.


Best Starts for Kids is a King County voter-approved initiative to support every baby born or child raised in King County to reach adulthood happy, healthy, safe, and thriving.

Starting in 2022, these investments include $20 million per year for a new child care subsidy program!

How do I get support?

Need language support? Need to report something not working correctly? Have questions about the eligibility form or waitlist? Send us a text, email, or call!

Thank you for your interest in the Best Starts for Kids Child Care Subsidy program. Due to high demand and limited resources, the program is at capacity and applications are not being accepted at this time. The waitlist is temporarily closed until further notice.

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Family Access and Support Team

Community partners supporting families to access child care.