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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.


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>