Other Child Care Programs and Choices

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Several choices for early childhood education, care, and assistance are not overseen by the Department of Early Learning (DEL). For example, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) offers many programs for parents affected by temporary situations such as loss of a job, and local school districts provide free preschool services for children with developmental delays.


This section offers more information about other child care programs and choices your family may consider.


Child care subsidies for other state programs


Several state programs offer child care subsidies for families they serve.
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Crisis nurseries


Families who are in crisis and in need of emergency child care for children ages 6 years and younger are able to access free crisis nursery care.
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Developmental preschool


School districts offer free preschool to some children with special needs.
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Preschool programs (exempt from licensing)


Private preschools, including parent cooperative preschools (co-ops) are not regulated by the Department of Early Learning.
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