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

Home Visiting

Home Visiting

Getting Help Paying for Childcare

Getting Help Paying for Childcare

Professional Development

Professional Development

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 6, 2017

Early Achievers

Early Achievers

Home Visiting

Home Visiting

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

Monday, March 6, 2017

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

02/16/17
Update on Licensing, Health, and Safety at DEL

The Department of Early Learning, which I have the honor to direct, regulates thousands of small businesses that provide childcare to 180,000 children in Washington every year. You hear a lot about “regulations crushing small businesses” and “regulations being critical to ensure safety.” Finding a balance between adequate safety and supporting childcare providers is important to getting the best outcomes for kids. 

02/15/17
DEL's Racial Equity Initiative: Closing the Gap

Race matters. During my time in the legislature I saw how government policies can dis-proportionally impact people of color. The way agencies make decisions and implement programs can have profound effects on the people they are trying to serve. Why does this matter for an agency like the Department of Early Learning?