Washington is one of the least affordable states for child care. And, in King County, the cost of full-time infant care in a center is about $1,500 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 home.
Seattle Milk Fund empowers parents toward higher education opportunities by funding child care grants and providing family support. Seattle Milk Fund’s goal is for parents to realize their higher education potential, which can create a brighter and more stable financial future for their families.
The Seattle Milk Fund provides child care and family support funding to low-income families while one or both of the parents attend school full-time. Our grants benefit the whole family. While the parents work towards their educational goals and financial independence, the children are provided with a valuable learning opportunity in a quality, licensed childcare facility or preschool.
Our Grants Make a Difference
Our families are one or two parent households whose income falls within 250% of the federal poverty guideline. Each grantee receives:
- Childcare grant(s) of up to $2,000 per quarter/ 0-2 yrs; up to $1,500 per quarter/ 3-5 yrs; and up to $1,00 per quarter/ 6-12 yrs.
- Holiday support; and
- Encouragement from a Seattle Milk Fund Family Support Advocate.
Our Success Rate
95% of our grantees successfully complete each academic quarter, while averaging a 3.5 quarterly GPA.
Recent Seattle Milk Fund graduates include dental hygienists, medical assistants, teachers, nurses, accountants, software engineers, social workers, and midwives. Many of our students report that they are the first person in their family ever to have graduated from college or technical school.
146 million Americans are low income or poor.
Children are less likely to be poor when their parent has some college education.
The income status of children under the age of 18, by parental education is as follows:
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).
Or check out www.childtrendsdatabank.org for more information.