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Balanced You understands the toll that this stressful and unprecedented time is taking on working parents and caregivers, and we want to make sure employees know there are resources available from King County to help you through this. A summary of these resources is below. If there’s anything else Balanced You can do to support you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs): FSAs allow you to set aside pre-tax money for day care and medical expenses. Visit this blog post for tips on how to make the best use of your FSA during the pandemic, including information on how to pay family members to provide childcare.

Free childcare for essential employees: Free childcare programs have been developed for essential employees.

  • King County: Essential employees who live or work in Seattle or King County can visit this website for more information on free childcare. Essential employees who live in Seattle can visit  this website for reduced-rate childcare.
  • Pierce County: Essential employees who live in Pierce County can visit this website for financial assistance to pay for childcare.

Community and governmental financial resources: My Secure Advantage has developed a list of governmental resources that provide financial relief to families and need. Visit this blog post for a review of these resources

If you could use help locating daycares, or if you or someone in your family would benefit from mental health support, check out the resources below.

  • Making Life Easier: Daycares in King County remain open at the time of publishing. If your job requires you to telecommute, and your children are ages five and under without a regular day or childcare center, contact Making Life Easier (MLE). MLE is a free resource for all King County employees that can assist you in locating and coordinating childcare. MLE also offers assistance identifying options for elder care support, as well as free counseling to anyone who shares your address. For more information, visit the Making Life Easier website.
  • Therapy via telehealth: Regence and Kaiser therapists and other healthcare providers can be accessed from the comfort and safety of your home via telehealth. For more information about telehealth, visit the King County telehealth webpage. For more information about continuing medical and other benefits following lay-off, visit the King County Benefits webpage.
  • Mental Health Resource Guide: For a more comprehensive list of King County employee and community mental health resources, review the Mental Health Resource Guide via this link.

King County employees who can telecommute are permitted to do so while caring for children or family members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If needed, all employees are encouraged to work with their supervisor or HR manager to develop an alternate work schedule that allows them to meet their family obligations where business needs allow for it.

If you cannot balance work and childcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, you have several leave options. If you have concerns about your leave balances, please contact your HR Manager.

Here are additional resources from the Balanced You blog: 

  • Resources for parents and caregivers during the pandemic can be found here.
  • An on-demand webinar with local parenting coach Sarina Atkin can be found here.
  • Tips on caring for children during the pandemic can be found here.
  • Tips and resources for caregivers of adults can be found here.

Stay connected

Please share your feedback with the team at Balanced You so we can spread good ideas, share success stories, and bring new tools to help you feel energized and be your best. The more you tell us, the better Balanced You will be!

Email: BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov

Phone: 206-263-9626

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