Payment Rates

Created on: 
Feb 03 2016

Table of Contents

Related WACs

Child Care Subsidy

Seasonal Child Care

DEL Clarifying Information (published February 1, 2017)

WAC 170-290-0240

FFN rates

If a consumer is using more than one FFN provider, each provider is eligible for the maximum FFN rate for one child.

Additional Information

What are child care providers paid?

The Department pays child care providers whichever is lower:  the rate the provider charges private pay families or the rates listed in the WACs above.  For providers who care for children in bordering Washington states, who meet their state's licensing regulations, DSHS will pay the provider's private pay rate for that child; or the DSHS daily rate for the region in which the child resides whichever is less.

Which region rates will child care providers be paid?

The following table shows which counties are in which regions.

Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 Region 6
Adams
Asotin
Chelan
Douglas
Ferry
Garfield
Grant
Lincoln
Okanogan
Pend Oreille
Spokane
Stevens
Whitman
Benton
Columbia
Franklin
Kittitas
Walla Walla
Yakima
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Clark
Island
San Juan
Skagit
Snohomish
Whatcom
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
King
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kitsap
Pierce
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Clallam
Cowlitz
Grays Harbor
Jefferson
Klickitat
Lewis
Mason
Pacific
Skamania
Thurston
Wahkiakum
 
 

Exceptions:

Spokane County has its own rates except in the case of special needs payments; they are paid Region 1 special needs rates.

Licensed centers in Clark County are paid Region 3 rates.

Licensed centers in Benton, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties are paid Region 6 rates.

Family/Friend/Neighbor providers are paid the same rate regardless of region.

How does the Department pay a provider who charges a rate other than a daily rate?

If a provider charges a monthly rate, the Department calculates what their daily rate would be by dividing their monthly rate by 23. The Department will then pay whatever is less.

Example: ABC Provider charges $800 per month. The Department divides $800 by 23 to determine that their daily rate would be $34.78. The Department will either pay that or the state rate.

If a provider charges a weekly rate, the Department divides that rate by the number of days the rate covers, then pays whatever is less.

Example: ABC Provider charges $50 for before-school care and $50 for after-school care, totaling $100 per five-day week. If care is less than five hours per day, the Department divides $100 by 5 to get a daily rate of $20 per half-day. If care is five or more hours per day, the daily rate is $20 per full day. The Department will pay whichever is less.
Example: ABC Provider charges $50 for before-school care and $50 for after-school care, totaling $100 per three-day week. If care is less than five hours per day, the Department divides $100 by 3 to get a daily rate of $33.34 per half-day. If care is five or more hours per day, the daily rate is $33.34 per full day. The Department will pay whichever is less.

Example: ABC Provider charges a flat rate of $50 for before school care and a flat rate of $50 for after school care to total $100 per five-day week for school age children who are in care less than five hours per day, making their daily rate $20. During school breaks when the children are in care five or more hours, the provider charges an additional $10 per day, or $30 per day total. 

  • When care is less than five hours per day, staff would authorize $20 per half day or the state rate, whichever is less.    
  • Provider would bill the appropriate number of half days to cover the spring break. It is up to the provider to bill the correct rate, and they are responsible to only bill $30 per day for spring break.

What are special needs rates?

Special needs rates are paid for children who are approved for the special needs rate through a special needs rate review.   The Department will authorize additional payment to their child care provider.

How do clients request the special needs rate for their children?

Clients may request the special needs rate by contacting the Department at 1-877-501-2233 and speaking to child care staff. They may also indicate that their child needs extra help on an online application or answer "Yes” to the question “Do you have a child with Special Needs” on the CCSP Application DSHS 14-417.

What are the rates for the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership?

Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership providers are paid the same standard daily rate regardless of the age of the enrolled child.

Rates effective July 1, 2017

Service Title

Regions 1,2,5,6 and Spokane County

Clark County Region 3 Region 4
WCCC Copayment Family Copayment Family Copayment Family Copayment Family Copayment
Licensed Center Full Day $37.56 $42.92 $42.92 $49.94
Licensed Family Home Full Day $37.14 $42.82 $42.82 $54.37
Special Needs Licensed Center Full Day $8.71 $9.75 $9.75 $11.35
Special Needs Licensed Family Home Full Day $7.15 $7.15 $8.70 $9.00
Licensed Center Overtime Care $18.57 $21.46 $21.46 $24.97
Licensed Family Home Overtime Care $18.57 $21.41 $21.41 $27.19