Being a parent or caregiver isn’t always easy — there are places you can go for help. In this section you’ll find resources if you have questions about your child’s development, need financial assistance for your family, or need parent coaching or support. To reach someone from DEL, see the staff contact list.
Washington Information Network 2-1-1
Dial: 2-1-1 or toll-free 1.877.211.WASH (9274).
Washington state residents can obtain information on health and human services. www.win211.org
Family Help Line
The Family Help Line offers parent coaching and information, referrals to community services and parent support. http://www.parenttrust.org/about/program-outcomes/fhloutcomes/
Family Health Hotline
TTY: 711 (TTY relay)
Call this number for a free developmental screening if you have concerns about your child’s development. http://www.parenthelp123.org/family-health-hotline
This website will help connect you with Food Assistance, Nutrition Information and other valuable resources to help make ends meet for you and your family. www.foodhelp.wa.gov
Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
Community Services Division: 1.800.865.7801
Local Community Services Offices provide many DSHS services including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and emergency programs. Your local CSO can provide you with details about these services and how to apply for them.
DSHS Trial eligibility calculator
Find out if your family is eligible for help with food, cash assistance, child care, medical benefits or long-term care. www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/TEC
A program of WithinReach, ParentHelp123 helps connect Washington families to food and health resources. The site also includes a eligibility calculator for a variety of statewide resources.
Report Child/Adult Abuse
1.866.ENDHARM toll-free: (866-363-4276)
Child Care and Preschool Options
There are programs to help families with low incomes pay for child care or preschool. To learn more about child care subsidies: www.del.wa.gov/care/help
To learn more about state and federally funded preschool programs: www.del.wa.gov/care/find-hs-eceap/Default.aspx
Toll free: 1.866.297.2597
The Office of the Education Ombudsman (OEO) is an agency in the Governor’s Office that promotes equity in education and the academic success of all students attending elementary and secondary public schools in Washington. Staff members provide information to students, families, and communities regarding the school system, promote family and community involvement in education, and help resolve conflict between families and schools. www.governor.wa.gov/oeo