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Child Care Aware Washington


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With seven local programs around the state, Child Care Aware Washington serves as a key child care partner in local communities. As a partner with the Department of Early Learning (DEL), Child Care Aware Washington:

  • Connects families seeking child care with licensed providers.
  • Supports child care providers by enhancing the quality of their care and small businesses.
  • Leverages all available resources in order to increase the availability and affordability of quality child care for families.
  • Informs policy makers using data collected statewide in local communities.

To learn more about Child Care Aware Washington, go to

Resource and referral work with child care providers

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Using resource and referral resources to find child care

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