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Best Starts for Kids Child Care Subsidy

Enrolled in the Best Starts for Kids subsidy program and looking for documents?

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The Best Starts for Kids Subsidy is a voter-approved initiative to help every child in King County access high-quality early learning opportunities.

This program is designed to support families who are ineligible for or not well-served by existing subsidy programs.  This program prioritizes families experiencing challenges to accessing child care, and in doing so, seeks to advance equity and eliminate disparities.

It’s almost time to get reauthorized!


All families in our subsidy program MUST reauthorize to continue participation.

The reauthorization application and all required materials are due no later than September 16, 2024. The Best Starts for Kids Subsidy will cover child care up to the end of your authorization month. For most families, this period ends on October 31, 2024, while for other families, it extends until November 30, 2024.

More information about the reauthorization process can be found in a variety of languages, using the links to the left.

Stay tuned for more details and make sure to mark your calendars!

If you are missing owed subsidy payments, please let us know here:

Already enrolled and needing support?

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

Check back for updates on joining our waitlist!

Our program is currently at full capacity and our waitlist is closed until further notice.  We will update this page when the waitlist re-opens. For updates and announcements regarding the Best Starts Subsidy, such as re-opening the waitlist, follow Best Starts for Kids on social media.

Family Access and Support Team

Community partners supporting families to access child care.