What we do:
Seattle Milk Fund empowers parents toward higher education opportunities by funding child care grants and providing family support.
Our goal is for parents to realize their higher education potential, which can create a brighter and more stable financial future for their families.
Spring Forward Annual Meeting & Brunch
Thank you to all members who attended this year’s Annual Meeting & Brunch. Photos from the brunch have been posted on our Flickr page. Thanks to Rudy Lopez Photography for the images!
A most grateful thank you to our 63 donors who gifted Seattle Milk Fund with $8,553 yesterday during GiveBIG. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful friends support our families each year during our spring campaign. Thank you!
GiveBIG Tuesday, May 5
Dear Friend of Seattle Milk Fund,
Seattle Milk Fund, in collaboration with Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG Day of Champions, invites you to give on Tuesday, May 5 to support our community’s low-income families who are working hard to get ahead.
Our families are looking for a champion, someone to help empower them on their journey towards a higher education.
Washington is one of the least affordable states for child care–in King County, the cost of full-time infant care in a center averages $1,387 a month. For low-income parents, this expense is just too great. Dreams of a higher education and a brighter financial future diminish greatly when the reality of child care costs hit their budget.
We know how powerful early-learning and higher education opportunities can be for a family. In Washington state, 59% of 3- and 4-year-olds are not attending a preschool program–this is largely because parents cannot afford it.
Studies show that children with early-learning opportunities are more prepared to do better in school. Also, parents who obtain a higher education degree have higher incomes–and there is a greater likelihood their children will follow in their footsteps.
We are proud to boast a 100% student success rate for our last quarter–meaning all students either graduated or are continuing on in our program. Our graduates are beginning to reap the rewards of their hard work and determination.
We recently received this note from John, now a Seattle Milk Fund alumni:
“I feel incredibly fortunate to be where I am now. After finishing high school, I spent 9 years working as a union carpenter. It was a pretty good job, and the money was good enough that it was hard to quit. I was laid off around 3 ½ years ago, and I started school mostly for something to do while I waited for business to pick up. Of course I was hoping that it would work out, but I didn’t see how we could get by without my income. Amazingly, it has all worked out, even with 2 little kids. The Seattle Milk Fund and the UW childcare assistance subsidy have paid a majority of our childcare costs. Now I’m less than two weeks away from a degree and a new career as a software engineer (and a big pay raise!). I don’t know how to thank you guys enough!”
Seattle Milk Fund exists to fill a growing need in our community for more affordable child care options for low-income parents. Our child care grants benefit the whole family. While parents are in school, their children receive a valuable learning opportunity in a licensed, quality child care facility or preschool.
Students are submitting child care grant applications at the fastest rate we have seen in a long time. We have a waitlist for spring and summer quarters, with new funding inquiries coming in daily. With your help we can fund additional child care grants, and see that more students graduate with better paying jobs, renewed confidence, and a more stable financial outlook.
Together, we are fueling families’ futures. Let’s make this GiveBIG the biggest and best yet for Seattle Milk Fund families. Thank you for your continued support.