Created on: 
Feb 01 2016

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Related WACs

DCYF Clarifying Information (published February 1, 2017)

WAC 110-15-0040

Approved Activities

WorkFirst consumers found eligible for WCCC may have child care subsidy benefits approved for activities that are specified in the consumer’s current IRP, including intensive services activities (known as x-components) in the IRP.

Training and education activities

TANF/WorkFirst consumers of WCCC are not subject to the limitations described for non-TANF applicants and consumers of WCCC in 110-15-0045.

Authorizing Care for WorkFirst Participants

TANF clients participating in 110 or more hours of WF activity are eligible for full time care.  Consumers with a pending TANF application who have not completed the WorkFirst intake process are eligible for full time care during the 14-day waiting period. When a WorkFirst consumer is eligible for full time care a standard Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm schedule will be used, unless specified in the IRP or reported differently by the consumer.

WAC 110-15-0045


Paid work study, internships and practicums count as employment.

Vocational Education

  • Two-year degrees with a vocational education focus are permitted.
  • The accredited college or school defines prerequisites for their enrolled students.
  • Consumers must have had child care authorized for school for less than 36 months at the time of application, reapplication or change reporting to be eligible for school.
  • Consumers may exceed more than 24 or 36 months of education or vocational education during the eligibility period as long as at the time of application, reapplication or change reporting the consumer had been approved for less than the lifetime limits.
  • Consumers can combine work study and other employment hours to meet the minimum number of work hours required for education and training activities.


An internship related to the consumer’s approved, vocational education activity is considered to be required class time.

Additional Information

What are approved schooling activities for the Child Care Subsidy Program?

Clients may be approved for child care subsidy to enable them to participate in the following types of education activities:>

  • High School completion or High School equivalency studies, for clients aged 21 years or younger.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program employment & training. (SNAP E&T)
  • Adult Basic Education.
  • English as a Second Language.
  • Vocational Education.

What are the requirements for school to be covered?

Clients 22 years old or older must be working a minimum amount number of hours in addition to attending school:

  • 20 hours per week.
  • 16 hours per week in a paid federal or state work study program.

If the client is younger than 22 years old and attending High School or participating in High School equivalency studies, there is no minimum work requirement. However, if they are doing any other of the above listed types of school, the work requirements apply.

If the client is participating in either the SNAP E&T or the WorkFirst program, there is no minimum work requirement.

Can clients continue taking children to child care during their school breaks?

Yes, children can continue going to child care during school breaks.

What coverage do clients receive for homework and study?

Clients are allowed up to 10 hours per week of additional time for study. Clients may determine the days, times, and locations of where study time is completed. This is flexible and can be based on their need.