Capital Investment for Early Learning
The Need for Child Care Facilities
• Many families face daunting waiting lists for child care and are unable to work due to the lack of accessible, affordable child care.
• Lack of financing for facilities and capital improvements restricts the ability of child care and pre-school programs to expand.
• As Washington works to ensure all eligible children in ECEAP are served by 2022-23 we have to ensure physical space is available.
• Child care needs are growing, but child care supply is shrinking, resulting in a child care crisis across the state.
About the Facilities Fund Grant and Loan Program
The Washington Early Learning Facilities Fund (ELFF) was created in 2017 and the legislature appropriated an inaugural round of funding in 2018. Administered by the Department of Commerce in partnership with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, the Fund aims to enable high-quality early learning providers to expand, remodel, purchase, or construct early learning facilities and classrooms necessary to support state-funded early learning opportunities for low-income children.