Approved Activities

Created on: 
Feb 01 2016

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Related WACs

Working Connections Child Care

Seasonal Child Care

DCYF Clarifying Information (published February 1, 2017)

WAC 110-15-0040

In-Sanction and Working

Sanction is a penalty that reduces a WorkFirst consumer’s cash assistance. It is imposed when a person is able to, but refuses without good cause to participate in their Individual Responsibility Plan (IRP) requirements. A consumer who is in WorkFirst sanction may be eligible for WCCC benefits for employment or other approved activities during his or her sanction period.

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.

Tribal TANF, WCCC and Dual Eligibility

Some Tribes in WA manage their own TANF and WorkFirst program. Tribal members may receive subsidies from the Tribe or DSHS. This is called dual eligibility. A WorkFirst Tribal member’s participation requirements may be different than non-Tribal participants. If a Tribal member requests WCCC from DSHS, use WAC rules regarding family size, counting income and determining copayments. Tribal TANF activities are approvable activities for WCCC.

WAC 110-15-0045

Subsidized Employment

Subsidized employment can include:

  • Working in a federal or state paid work study program; or
  • VISTA volunteers, AmeriCorps, Job Corps and Washington Service Corps (WSC) if the income is taxed.


Paid work study, internships and practicums count as employment.

In-Kind Activities

Unless consumer receives taxable and reported compensation for in-kind activity, this does not count as approved work activity.

Volunteer Activities

Non-TANF consumers of WCCC may not receive child care benefits for volunteer or community services activities.

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.

Working under the Table

If the activity meets the definition of employment or work, as described in WAC 110-15-0003, then the activity is considered to be an approvable activity. We do not monitor if the activity has been or will be reported to the IRS nor taxes paid.

Jury Duty is considered to be ‘employment’ and is an approved activity.

WAC 110-15-0050


Incorporated businesses are not self-employment enterprises.

  • Compensation received by an individual from a corporation is countable income.
  • Any distribution of income, including compensation benefits such as rent, living expenses, or transportation is countable income for consumers reporting employment and income as or under an incorporated business.

Additional Information

What are approved activities for clients participating in WorkFirst?

See the WorkFirst chapter for information on use of child care subsidy for WorkFirst activities.

What are approved activities for clients not participating in WorkFirst?

Approved activities include the following:

  • Employment.
    • Employment (note: must be in seasonal agricultural work for Seasonal Child Care)
    • Federal- or state-funded work study, paid internships, and practicums count as employment.
    • Includes subsidized employment such as VISTA, AmeriCorps, Job Corps, and Washington Service Corps, if the income is taxed.
  • Self-employment.
  • Tribal TANF/SPIPA.
  • High School completion or High School equivalency studies.*
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Employment and Training (SNAP E&T programs)
  • Resources to Initiate Successful Employment (RISE) Pilot Program (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2018).
  • Adult Basic Education.*
  • English as a Second Language.*
  • Vocational Education.*
  • Transportation time between child care and the place of the approved activity.
  • Study time
  • Sleep time

* If age 22 or older, the client must meet the employment requirements as outlined in WAC 110-15-0045 to be eligible for child care for these activities. Clients can meet the minimum average of 20 work hours per week requirement by combining employment and work study hours.

How do I provide verification of my approved activity?

See the Verification chapter for more information on what verification to provide.