2023 Child Care Staff Retention Payments

This funding opportunity is currently closed.

2023 Seattle Child Care Staff Retention Payments

The Seattle Department of Education & Early Learning (DEEL) and BrightSpark Early Learning Services—formerly known as Child Care Resources—are partnering for the third consecutive year to distribute up to $5.3 million in Seattle Child Care Staff Retention Payments with funding allocated from the City’s Payroll Expense Tax. The purpose is to offer financial support to retain early learning educators and child care staff working at child care programs in the city of Seattle. 

Please note: Changes to the funding process and timeline may occur. DEEL will not provide individual notice of changes, and applicants are responsible for regularly checking this webpage for technical assistance information, updates, clarifications, or amendments.

Who can apply and for how much money:

Eligibility for the 2023 Seattle Child Care Staff Retention Payments is as follows:  

  • The staff person has been an employee at the program since at least March 1, 2023 and at the time the application is submitted continues to be employed by the eligible child care program. 
  • Family Child Care programs (FCCs) and center-based programs located within the City of Seattle boundaries and licensed by the Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) are eligible to apply. 
  • The employer must submit the application. In the case of FCC providers, the licensee must apply.
  • Payments will be awarded through a non-competitive process–all applications received during the application period will be considered for eligibility and equal funding. 
  • Businesses receiving funds will be responsible for distributing payments to eligible staff via the program’s payroll system. 

License exempt and Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) caregivers and programs located in unincorporated King County or cities other than Seattle are not eligible for this initiative.  

Each child care worker will receive the same payment amount. The total amount awarded for each eligible child care worker will depend on the total number of eligible employees identified in applications.  


To be considered for funding, employers must submit the application by 11:59 pm on Wednesday July 5, 2023. Applications will notify applicants of awards in early August, 2023. 

Event Date and Time:*
Applications Open Mid-June, 2023
Information Sessions
Hosted virtually on Zoom

English Information Session  Tuesday, June 13
6:30-7:45 p.m. 
Join via Zoom

Spanish Information Session  Wednesday, June 14
6:30-7:45 p.m. 
Join via Zoom

Somali Information Session  Thursday, June 15
6:30-7:45 p.m. 
Join via Zoom  

Application Deadline Wednesday, July 5, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.
Award Notifications Issued to Applicants Early August, 2023

*Dates subject to change

How to Apply:

Click the link below to access the application survey. Be sure to read the frequently asked questions document containing program and personnel eligibility details before beginning the application.  

Language: Application Form:  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Child Care Providers:
English Application Frequently Asked Questions
በተደጋጋሚ ከሚጠየቁት


ተደጋግመው የሚጠየቁ ጥያቄዎች ለልጅ እንክብካቤ አቅራቢዎች
 العربية طلب الأسئلة الشائعة لمقدمي رعاية الأطفال
中文(简体) 应用 儿童保育服务提供者的常见问题解答
Oromoo iyyata Gaaffiiwwan Yeroo Baayyee Gaafataman Dhiyeessitoota Kunuunsa Daa’immaniif
Soomaali codsi Su'aalaha Badanaa La-iswaydiiyo ee Bixiyaasha Daryeelka Xanaanada Caruurta
Español aplicación Preguntas frecuentes para Proveedores de Cuidado de Niños
Tiếng Việt ứng dụng Các Câu Hỏi Thường Gặp cho Các Nhà Cung Cấp Dịch Vụ Chăm Sóc Trẻ Em

If you are unable to submit the application survey, a PDF version may be submitted to DEELfunding@seattle.gov.  

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday July 5, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.  

Additional Assistance:

For additional assistance, contact your Early Achievers coach, or BrightSpark’s Provider Line at 1 (800) 446-1114, or the grants team at grants@childcare.org.

የቋንቋ እርዳታ አለ።  1 (800) 446-1114  
提供语言协助。 1 (800) 446-1114 
Kaalmada luqadda waa laga heli karaa.  1 (800) 446-1114
Gargaarsi afaanii ni jira.  1 (800) 446-1114
Hay asistencia disponible en varios idiomas.  1 (800) 446-1114
ናይ ቋንቋ ሓገዝ ክርከብ ይኽእል እዩ።  1 (800) 446-1114
Có sẵn hỗ trợ bằng ngôn ngữ.  1 (800) 446-1114

Education and Early Learning

Dwane Chappelle, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94665, Seattle, WA, 98124-6965
Phone: (206) 233-5118
Phone Alt: Childcare and Preschool: (206) 386-1050
Fax: (206) 386-1900

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