Seattle Milk Fund erases a financial barrier that prevents struggling parents from pursuing a college education.  We open doors to better jobs, renewed confidence and financial stability, lifting families out of poverty.

146 million Americans are low income or poor.

The income status of children under the age of 18, by parental education is as follows:

Children are less likely to be poor when their parent has some college education. And this is precisely where Seattle Milk Fund leverages our resources.

What students receive:

Our families are one or two parent households whose income falls within 250% of the federal poverty guideline.  Each Circle Family Program grantee receives:

  • childcare grant(s) of up to $1300.00 per quarter/per child
  • an education grant of $300.00 per quarter
  • emergency financial support and encouragement

75% of our grantees successfully complete each academic quarter

“I wanted to go to college because I
wanted to be able to fully provide for my family
on my own, and have a career that is fulfilling.
I set a good example and paved a path for my
daughter and future generations to
graduate from college.”
Sara (College Graduate, 2010)

National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies. (2011). 2011 Child Care in the State of Washington. Retrieved from

National Data Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (2010), Annual Social and Economic Supplement (March), Official Poverty Tables      

State Data Source:  American Community Survey (2009)

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