Eligibility Guidelines

The application is now OPEN. Visit the application page for details.

Eligibility guidelines

  • Have residential custody of your child.
    • Children must be UNDER 12 years of age.
    • Enrolled in a Washington State (Department of Children Youth and Families) licensed childcare facility of your choosing.
  • Attend an approved institution in King, Pierce, or Snohomish Counties. 
  • Reside in King, Pierce, or Snohomish Counties.
  • Be enrolled (or planning to enroll) for a full course load of 12 credit hours/units.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater, each term.
  • Be pursuing completion of a certificate, associate, or bachelor’s degree.
    • We do not fund career change degrees or second degrees and we do not fund post-graduate degrees (doctoral candidates).
    • We review master’s degree applications on an individual and limited basis.
  • Applicants must be eligible for Student Aid and be able to provide a current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid). 
  • Applicants must be able to provide a clear and updated academic/education plan that shows which courses are needed to graduate, and the order they will be taken (to the best of your knowledge).
  • Show a significant financial need for assistance. We use 80% of the area median income by county as a guideline. Proof of income, such as recent tax returns, will be required.
  • Apply for additional childcare funding you are eligible for. The Family Connections Program is intended to be a gap funding source to pay your out-of-pocket costs after all other resources (DCYF, CCAMPIS, CCAP, School financial aid, etc) have been applied to your childcare invoice. We require participants to apply for other funding sources they are eligible for.

Tips for completing the application

  • It is recommended to gather what you’ll need to apply prior to starting the application.
  • You will be able to save your application and come back to it before the submittal deadline.
  • We suggest taking your time when filling out the Family Connections Program Application. Applicants will not receive priority based on their application’s submittal date. All applications will be reviewed after the deadline.
  • If the submitted application is missing documents (for example: your FAFSA or WAFSA is not attached), your application will be marked as incomplete and will not move forward in the process.
  • We are very happy to help you with any questions about the application or the process. You can contact us at program@goodwinconnections.org or 206-526-7944 ext. 4.

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Goodwin Connections is committed to assuring equal access to services, programs, and activities for individuals with disabilities. It is the policy of Goodwin Connections to provide reasonable accommodation to a qualified individual with a disability to enable such individuals to apply. Further, it is the policy of the Goodwin Connections to provide reasonable accommodation for religious observers. If you need accommodation, please contact us at program@goodwinconnections.org or 206-526-7944 ext. 4

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