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Child Care Aware® of Washington serves as a community resource for child care throughout the state.

  • We help families find quality child care, preschool and after-school programs for their children.

  • We work with child care program owners, directors and teachers to improve the quality of their programs.

  • We provide business and civic leaders with information about the value and importance of child care, and collaborate with them to make child care safe and enriching for children.

  • We advocate for safe, high-quality child care for every child in Washington State.

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Watch our History of Child Care video to see how far child care has come!

    Provider2Early Achievers Helps Child Care Providers

    High-quality child care helps children get ready for success in kindergarten and beyond. Early Achievers, Washington's Quality Rating and Improvement System, is a voluntary program for helping licensed child care providers offer high-quality care.

    GradSEIU Scholarships for Family Child Care Providers

    We are now offering scholarships to help child care providers meet the state's minimum licensing standards. This funding will enable a provider the opportunity to obtain the State Initial ECE Certificate at a Washington State community or technical college, or the GED. More Information>

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    Leading Change for Children

    Join us for our 25th Year Anniversary Celebration Dinner on September 10th at the Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma. Learn more>