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As a parent you want the very best for your child. That's why choosing child care may well be the single most important decision you'll ever make. It's important to become an informed consumer of child care. Finding the right caregiver means thinking about the needs of both your child and your family.

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The Child Care Aware of Washington Family Center is available five days a week at 1-800-446-1114. We offer free information and referrals for families seeking child care. Your conversations with us will be kept confidential. We provide referrals only, not recommendations. The information we offer is self-reported by the child care programs. It is up to you to decide whether a program is a good fit. You may need to visit several providers to determine which is best for your family. If you have a complaint or other feedback on our services please call the Child Care Resources Family Services Director or Coordinator at 1-800-446-1114.

Paying for Child Care

Child care rates vary by region. Information about average rates in your area is available by calling the Family Center at 1-800-446-1114. Some providers offer a multi-child discount or sliding scale based on income. When you interview providers, have a discussion about what you can or cannot afford and request written information about costs. Licensed providers are required to have a Parent Handbook with information on fees, deposits, hours, vacations, meals, etc.

Financial assistance

Many families use Working Connections Child Care Subsidies to help pay for child care. To find out if you qualify you can call 1-877-501-2233 or go to There are also military programs, tribal child care funds, federal child care tax credits, and other forms of assistance that may help you pay for care.

Family Tax Credits

Families in Washington:  Get the tax credits you deserve!  Whether or not you owe any income tax, you could get thousands of dollars back in tax credits.  Click here for more details in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese or Vietnamese.

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You can find child care by:

1. Searching our Online Statewide Referral database. *

2. Calling 1-800-446-1114.

* Note: The on-line referral tool may be unavailable at times on weekends for upgrades or repair. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.