Child Care Events & Upcoming Grants

Commerce LogoLearn about upcoming early learning facilities funding in October

Join us Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 1:00 p.m. Commerce and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) will host a webinar to provide information about the upcoming Early Learning Facilities funding round.

Commerce expects to open a competitive funding round in early October to provide grants for eligible providers to expand or create new early learning capacity. The webinar will provide information on a variety of topics related to the funding round, including eligible grant costs, program requirements, eligible organizations, and instructions on how to submit an application through ZoomGrants.

We will also reserve time for questions at the end of the presentation.
Meeting Information – Zoom Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Join via computer/Zoom:

This webinar will be recorded and posted to the Early Learning Facilities webpage shortly after September 15.


Have questions?Please review the program webpage or email the early learning facilities team if you have any questions.

WA state Dept. of Commerce is now building a new $5 million grant program for “diaper banks” 

Thousands of families throughout Washington are struggling to afford diapers, wipes and other essential baby products. Recognizing this need, the state legislature provided $5 million over the next biennium and charged Commerce with administering a new grant program to fund “diaper banks” in communities statewide.

Purpose of the funding is to support local organizations/agencies in purchasing and distributing diapers, wipes and other essential baby products to families in need with children under three years of age. The legislation prioritizes diaper bank providers that serve or are located in marginalized, low-income communities or communities of color, and providers that help support racial equity.

We need your input – public comments welcome now thru Aug. 25

A public comment period is now open to gather input from stakeholders and the public to help guide what should be included in the new program. Comments are welcome now through Aug. 25. 

Please submit written comments on the Washington State Diaper Program via U.S. mail or e-mail by11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021.



Mail your comments to:

Attention: Karen Dunn
Department of Commerce
WA Diaper Program
P.O. Box 42525
Olympia, WA 98504-2525

Questions? If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Karen Dunn, (360) 485-2984

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