Child Care Support
Director: Rebecca "Beckie" Hildman e-mail: email@example.com
Pasco Office: 720 West Court St., Pasco WA 99301
Phone: (509) 545-4042 Fax (509) 545-1449
Toll Free: (800) 583-1112
Our primary goal is to assist families in our local communities to meet their childcare needs by supporting the child care centers and family home provider through various programs. In addition, the department provides training and education support for licensed childcare providers and parents who reside in the counties we serve.
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Contact: Rebecca Hildman e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CACFP provides reimbursement for meals and snacks served to small groups of children receiving nonresidential child care in licensed family child care homes. A family child care home provider must sign an agreement with BFCAC, a sponsoring organization, to participate in CACFP. BFCAC organizes and provides ongoing training, conducts monitoring, and helps with planning menus and filling out reimbursement forms.
BFCAC provides training as required for maintaining participation in the program. Most training classes are STARS approved. All classes are provided in English and in Spanish.
- Tax Workshops
- Food and Childhood Behavior
- Childhood Obesity
- Childhood Diabetes
- CACFP Trainings
- Renewal Workshops
Children, age 11 and younger, are eligible to receive up to two meals and one snack each day at a family child care home, through CACFP.
Child care home providers cannot charge separate fees for meals. Higher payments (tier 1) are paid to homes in low-income areas and to low-income providers. Meals and snacks served to children who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals also receive higher rates of reimbursement. All meals claimed for reimbursement are served to eligible enrolled children (through 11 years of age) without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or disability. All meals claimed meet the meal requirements of the CACFP.
STARS Training for Family Home and Center Childcare providers
- Training projects offer child care providers opportunities for accomplishing personal and professional goals by offering Washington State Training And Registry System (STARS) approved trainings.
- Basic 20 hours STARS training for family home child care providers.
- Basic 20 hours STARS training home video series.
- 10 hours of continuing education opportunities in a variety of classes and subjects.
- All trainings are held at 710 West Court Street, Pasco, Washington.
- Pre-registration is required.
Child Care Lending Library
The Lending Library offers a variety of items that can be checked out for a determined length of time for use by a childcare provider to enhance the experience of the children in their care.
Technical assistance is available to assist parents, providers, employers, and the general community as they do child care planning. If you are looking to start or expand a child care business, or need further information, please call or email us.
Homeless Child Care
- Assistance in locating and paying for the costs of child care at licensed child care facilities.
- Applicants get to choose the child care facility.
- No predetermined length of time for assistance.
- Eligibility requirement is homelessness.
- STARS Registry
- Healthy Child Care Washington
- How to Pay for Child Care
- Washington State Child Care Resource & Referral Network
- Washington State Department of Early Learning
- Thrive By Five
- National Child Care Bureau
- State Plan for Washington Child Care and Development Fund Services
- Licensed Child Care Information
Child Care Micro-Loan Program
Contact: Katie Fast at (509) 943-9158
This program is funded by revolving loan funds. The goal of the project is to improve the availability, quality, and affordability of child care for low and moderate income families in Benton, Franklin, Grant, Adams, Walla Walla, Yakima, Kittitas, Douglas, Okanogan and Whitman Counties, with special consideration given to programs serving children receiving state subsidies.
The project offers loan options to the child care industry by linking the loan application to intensive technical assistance targeted to increase services to meet the following key child care needs:
- Non-traditional hour care
- Infants and toddlers
- Children with special needs
- TANF families
- Sick care issues
- School age care
Loans range from $300 - $25,000 for Centers and $300 - $5,000 for home-based child care providers at an interest rate of 5%.