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

DEL Welcomes Ross Hunter as New Director 9/01/15 *NEW*
National Breastfeeding Month: Benefits and Resources 8/27/15
National Immunization Awareness Month Tips 8/25/15
Breastfeeding Friendly WA Hospitals Supports the Healthiest Next Generation 8/18/15
A Community Approach to Tribal Early Learning 8/13/15
Planning for the Future of Early Learning in WA: ELAC's Latest Meeting 8/11/15
DEL Hosts Early Start Act Panel at Starting Strong 8/06/15
WA Early Learning Partners Sign Resolution and Host Break-Out Session 8/04/15
Join the Professional Development Community 7/30/15
Preventing Years of Damage: Sun Safety at the Height of Summer 7/29/15
Get Involved: A Resource List for Children with Special Needs 7/24/15
Look Ahead, Be Prepared: Immunization Update 7/21/15
DEL's Safe Sleep Update: Ways to Give Feedback 7/16/15
DEL to Issue Updated Safe Sleep Guidelines 7/14/15
A Day in the Life of a Family Home Child Care Licensor 7/09/15
Historic Early Start Act Passes: Governor Inslee's Speech 7/07/15
Four Ways to Make July 4 Meaningful for Kids 7/02/15
How DEL Olympia Took Kids to Work 6/30/15
Washington Celebrates National Get Outdoors Month 6/25/15