Kids' potential, our purpose

Every day we are honored to take action that inspires the world to discover, love and nurture the greatness in all children.



What we do

We at the Department of Early Learning (DEL) strive to help create safe, healthy, nurturing learning experiences for all Washington children. Our work focuses on the earliest years in children’s homes, child care, school programs and communities. We offer information and resources for children's first and most important teachers—parents—as well as others who care for and teach young children. Learn more...



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DEL Blog

Gov. Inslee: Early learning is the best investment we can make in our future 1/15/2015
"We know the greatest untapped asset in the state is the potential of a 3- and 4-year-old.”
- Governor Jay Inslee, 2015 State of the State address
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