DEL Apps

Early Achievers

Early Achievers

Early Support for Infant and Toddlers (ESIT)

Early Support for Infant and Toddlers (ESIT)

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

DEL Apps

Learn About Licensed Child Care

Licensed Child Care

Strengthening Families Washington

Strengthening Families Washington

Healthiest Next Generation

Healthiest Next Generation

Getting Help Paying for Childcare

Getting Help Paying for Childcare

Professional Development

Professional Development

Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Class locations: 
Spokane, WA 
Everett, WA 
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Class location: 
Olympic ESD 114

Early Achievers

Early Achievers

Healthiest Next Generation

Healthiest Next Generation

Strengthening Families Washington

Strengthening Families Washington

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

Professional Development

Professional Development

Getting Help Paying for Childcare

Getting Help Paying for Childcare

Government

Government

Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Class locations: 
Spokane, WA 
Everett, WA 
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Class location: 
Olympic ESD 114

In the News

08/01/16

OLYMPIA, WA As of Aug. 1, 2016, the majority of non-school age children receiving child care subsidies in Washington are being cared for by providers who are committed to high-quality early learning experiences. The 2015 Early Start Act created a mandate for quality improvement via participation in the State’s Early Achievers system.

07/14/16

OLYMPIA, WA – Eleven programs were awarded funding from the Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) federal funding source for the 2016/2017 fiscal year.

05/12/16

Olympia, WA and New York, NY—Many 3- and 4-year olds across the nation still lack access to high-quality preschool education despite modest gains in enrollment, quality, and funding, according to an annual report by the nonpartisan National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University.

02/10/16

OLYMPIA - The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is Washington's pre-Kindergarten program that prepares 3- and 4-year-old children from low-income families for success in school and in life. The Department of Early Learning (DEL) oversees this program.

DEL Blog

11/16/16
Recognize Your Hero! Celebrate Washington Parents
The Department of Early Learning’s (DEL) Strengthening Families Washington division, with the help of Seattle’s Child will recognized 28 parents in February 2017 at the State’s annual Unsung Heroes event.
The initiative is meant to honor “Unsung Heroes” or parents or caregivers who demonstrate strength, courage and empathy in their communities. 
11/15/16
ACH Payments Accepted Now for Background Check Fees

New this fall, an electronic payment option is available to individuals and providers who are paying the Department of Early Learning’s background check application fee of $12. 

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