Licensing Orientations


There are several types of licensed child care in Washington. Family home child care providers care for children in the provider's home. Child care centers offer care in commercial, privately owned, school or faith-based spaces. School-age programs provide care for children ages 5 through 12 when school is out and are often located on school grounds, in commercial spaces, privately owned or faith-based locations.

To become a licensed child care provider in Washington, you must participate in a Department of Early Learning (DEL) licensing orientation, where you will receive information about:

  • Resources to help you through the licensing process.
  • Providing child care.
  • Training and other support.
  • The licensing application.

Once you submit your application, DEL has 90 days to act on your application. If you are applying to offer child care in your home, a DEL licensor will contact you to schedule an inspection. If you are applying for a child care center license, a licensor will come to the center for an inspection. For both family home and center providers, DEL staff will talk with you about how you plan to offer child care, and work closely with you throughout the licensing process.

After you become licensed, you should be in touch with your local Child Care Aware office, which provides child care referrals to families and technical assistance and training for licensed child care providers.

The Early Start Act and Becoming a Licensed Provider

Please see the Early Start Act Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for becoming a licensed provider here:

*Family home child care licensing orientations

Family home child care licensing orientations occur in two phases:

  1. Phase one: Those interested in becoming family home child care providers must view an hour-long online presentation about family home child care licensing in Washington state. At the end of the presentation, you will be instructed to complete and print a post-orientation questionnaire (due to technical issues, that link is broken, please find the questionnaire here: Questionnaire); you will also be given the next steps to prepare for phase two.
  2. Phase two: Contact the licensing office in your area for an in-person appointment. The outcome of that meeting determines whether you are able to proceed with becoming licensed.
    Note: You need to bring several items with you, including the post-orientation questionnaire you completed, your completed application, proof of high school diploma, licensing fee, and other items listed at the end of the online orientation. If you do not bring the completed required documents with you to this appointment, you may be asked to reschedule.

Child care centers and school-age programs

People who are interested in becoming licensed to operate a child care center or school-age program must attend an in-person orientation, which are held around the state, in English and in Spanish. To reserve a spot, call the DEL office listed with the orientation you would like to attend.


Office Child Care Center Orientations
Aberdeen 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October 25, 2016

Class location:
415 W. Wishkah St.
Suite 2C
Aberdeen, WA 98520

To register, call 360.407.1992

Bellevue 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Center Orientations:
January 13, 2016
April 13, 2016
July 13, 2016
October 12, 2016

Class location:
805 156th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98007

To register, call 425.590.3100

Bellingham 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 11, 2016
April 20, 2016
July 19, 2016
October 14, 2016 *Revised*

Class location:
4101 Meridian St.
Bellingham, WA 98226

To register, call 360.714.4118


(now Silverdale)

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
February 4, 2016
June 16, 2016
August 25, 2016
December 15, 2016

Class location:
Olympic ESD 114
105 National Ave. N.
Bremerton, WA 98312

To register, call Kristen in Silverdale, WA 98383

Phone: (360) 698-4388

Everett 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 15, 2016
April 8, 2016
July 8, 2016
October 14, 2016

Class location:
840 N. Broadway
Bldg. B, Suite 510
Everett, WA 98201

To register, call 425.740.6871


(see Vancouver) 

To register, call 360.993.7946

Olympia 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 12, 2016
April 26, 2016
July 12, 2016
November 29, 2016

Class location:
Republic Building
Suite 200
505 Union Ave. SE
Olympia, WA 98504

To register, call 360.407.1992

Renton 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Center Orientations:
February 17, 2016
May 18, 2016
August 16, 2016
November 15, 2016

Class location:
800 Oakesdale Ave. SW
Renton, WA 98057

To register, call 425.917.7949

Spokane 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 7, 2016 - Classroom 2
April 7, 2016 - Classroom 2
July 7, 2016 - Classroom 2
October 6, 2016 - Classroom 2

Class location:
ESD 101/Conference Center
4202 S. Regal St.
Spokane, WA 99223

To register, call 509.789.3820

Center Orientation:
November 10, 2016
School-age Orientation:
September 15, 2016
Class location:
1949 S. State St.
Room 195
Tacoma, WA 98405

To register, call 253.983.6400

Tri-Cities 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
February 22, 2017 *School-Age Only*
May 24, 2017 
September 14, 2017 
November 16, 2017

Class location:
ESD 123 -- Lewis & Clark Room
3918 West Court St.
Pasco, WA 99301

To register, call 509.544.5705

Vancouver 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 19, 2016
March 22, 2016
June 21, 2016
August 16, 2016 - School-age only
October 25, 2016 *Full*

Class location:
907 Harney St.
Vancouver, WA 98660

To register, call 360.993.7946

Wenatchee 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
February 3, 2016
May 4, 2016
August 3, 2016
November 2, 2016

Class location:
805 S. Mission St.
Wenatchee, WA 98801

To register, call 509.665.5289

Yakima 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
January 27, 2016
May 12, 2016
June 29, 2016 (Spanish)
November 2, 2016 *Revised*

Class location:
111 S. 2nd Ave.
Yakima Room
Yakima, WA 98902

To register, call 509.834.6847