In 1985, the Governor's Task Force on Child Care recommended the creation of community-based child care resource and referral (CCR&R) services in Washington. The first five programs began in 1986. By 1989 there were nine programs which decided to develop a professional association to coordinate statewide efforts. As a result, the Washington State Child Care Resource and Referral Network (dba, Child Care Aware of Washington) was officially incorporated as a nonprofit agency. The Network now offers statewide coverage through its seven regional offices. All member programs must meet specific programmatic and service criteria.
The local child care resource & referral (CCR&R) programs serve four fundamental roles:
- Parent Information & Referral
- Caregiver Support
- Community Building and Education
- Data and Research
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