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Useful Websites


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The links below go to public and private organizations we think might be helpful for parents, child care providers and early learning partners. You will be leaving the DEL website. Please be aware that we do not create and maintain these sites and therefore are not responsible for the accuracy, timeliness, completeness, or security of the information. If you would like an organization included here, please email for consideration.

Parent and Caregiver Resources

Parents are their childrens first and most important teachers. Parenting Education programs in Washington State's community and technical colleges strengthen families and enhance a parent's ability to provide the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their child.


The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.


A resource from the American Academy of Pediatrics that provides information for parents, early education and child care professionals and health care professionals about child development.


CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a national non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families.


The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. 


This site is designed to provide you with reliable resources to help you make informed decisions on the importance of immunizations for: children, adolescents and adults. 


Immunization requirements for children who attend school or child care and reporting requirements for schools and child care providers.


The Office of the Education Ombudsman is a state agency within the Governor's Office that serves students, families, teachers and communities to support student success. 


This site improves quality in childcare and early education programs by supporting childcare providers and early educators, families, health professionals and state regulatory agencies. 


Learn why love, talk and play are important to give your child a great start in life and to get ideas for how you can add more love, talk and play into your daily routine with your child. 


Provides busy, caring adults with a means to encourage learning and enrich relationships with their children. 


The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age eight. 


Safe Kids Worldwide is the first and only international nonprofit organization dedicated solely to preventing unintentional childhood injury. helps Washington State families apply for health and food programs, and locate resources in their local communities. also contains health information for pregnant women, parents of new babies, and families with children. 


Parent Trust offers a reliable network of support, education, and leadership for families across the state of Washington. 


A state-wide not-for-profit parent organization providing support, advocacy, training and informational resources to empower families and individuals with disabilities. 


School's Out Washington provides services and guidance for organizations to ensure that all young people have safe places to learn and grow when not in school. 


Strengthening Families Washington is an initiative within the Department of Early Learning (DEL) that focuses on helping families.  This work builds on the work previously done by the Council for Children & Families, continuing the legacy created in Washington State. /helpful-resources/strengthening-families-washington  


Up and Away and Out of Sight is an educational program to remind families of the importance of safe medicine storage. It is an initiative of PROTECT, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Educational Foundation and other organizations. 


You can save for your child's future college tuition with Washington's Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Program. GET is our state's 529 prepaid tuition plan - backed by state law and a secure place for college savings. The state guarantees that the GET units you buy today will keep pace with rising tuition costs, no matter how much they increase in the future. By starting early, families can save money on future tuition costs. Along with flexible payment plans, GET also offers tax-free growth and withdrawal. GET units can be used nationwide at nearly any college, university or vocational school. Enrollment is open September 15 through March 31. 


Links to all public libraries in Washington state. 


WithinReach connects families to essential health resources through four statewide hotlines and, an interactive website that helps families find and apply for programs and local services available to them. 

Children with Disabilities

For children with special needs and their parents, this site is maintained by the Center on Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington. 


The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for the more than 25 million people with vision loss in the United States. 


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. 


The Autism Outreach Project is a joint venture between the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Department of Social and Health Services and the Northwest Educational Service District 189 in Anacortes. 


The mission of the Autism Society of America is to promote lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum, and their families, to be fully participating, included members of their community. 


A Washington Department of Health project to bring awareness to the importance of early identification and treatment; educating service providers and other professionals on diagnosis and treatment; and improving service systems in Washington State for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays. 


The Center for Children with Special Needs provides information to families and professionals focusing on children who have chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions such as asthma, cancer, autism, or cerebral palsy. The Center was formed in 1998 as a program of Seattle Children's Hospital The Washington State Department of Health supports the development and maintenance of this website. 


Information from the state Department of Health regarding early hearing loss. Early intervention services help infants and toddlers with hearing loss learn to listen and develop language. 


The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting 54 million Americans with disabilities. 


NECTAC is the national early childhood technical assistance center supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). 


OSPI Special Education and related services are provided annually to about 124,000 eligible students in the state across 295 school districts. Special education represents about 11.6 percent of the state's total K-12 population. 


Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) serves children and youth who are blind or have low vision from birth through high school graduation. 


Department of Health publications about early hearing loss for families. 

Early Learning Partners

The Council for Children and Families Inc. (CCF) is a training and resource organization for Washington State early learning professionals serving children from 0 to 5 years old. 


The Division for Early Childhood promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. 


Children's Administration staff in 46 field offices work with children and families to identify their needs and develop a plan for services which support families and assure safety and well-being for children. These services are designed to reduce the risk of abuse, find safe alternatives to out-of-home placement, and assure safety and permanency for children in care. 


The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation's largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade. 


The National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC), a service of the Child Care Bureau, is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance (TA) center that provides comprehensive child care information resources and TA services to Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administrators and other key stakeholders. 


Private-public partnership dedicated to increasing school readiness in Washington children ages birth to five. 


Works for the well-being and education of all young children, with an emphasis on those birth to eight years old, and their families. WAEYC also partners with DEL to administer the STARS registry. 


A statewide network of community-based child care resource and referral agencies. The network helps parents locate licensed child care. It offers consumer education, training and technical assistance to parents, child care providers, employers and the community. 


The Department of Health works with its federal, state, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthier and safer. Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. 


Washington Frontiers of Innovation (WA FOI) is a partnership established in 2011 between The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and Washington State stakeholders.  WA FOI develops, tests, and refines program level and system and policy level science-based portfolios of activities targeting improved outcomes for at risk and vulnerable children, youth and families.  Our aim is to re-envision early childhood investment to stimulate creativity and support experimentation in order to produce significant, population-level change.

Child Development Resources

The National Technical Assistance Center works with states, tribes, communities and families and offers a range of training and technical assistance opportunities, publications, and informational resources. 


Produces research dedicated to discovering how children think, feel, and learn. 


Information for parents on the first three years of life from the National Zero to Three organization.