Whether you’re an experienced child care provider or just starting out, Child Care Aware of Washington can connect you to resources that build your knowledge, skills and business. The Early Achievers system opens up many opportunities, from in-person coaching to online professional development to access to our free online shared business services portal Washington Child Care Business Edge. Edge can help you run your small business more efficiently. Early Achievers also gives you access to scholarships that can help support your journey to certificates and degrees in Early Childhood Education or similar, approved fields. Child Care Aware of Washington helps child care providers expand their knowledge of early childhood development and improve the quality of learning and play environments for children.
Early Achievers quality rating and improvement system
Early Achievers is Washington’s quality rating and improvement system for child care programs. It helps providers help children reach their full potential, and it provides families with a child care rating system to help them understand program quality.
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Sign up for free and get access to:
- Free training
- Customized technical assistance and coaching
- Scholarships for certificates or degrees
- Business tools for your child care small business
- Needs-Based Grants
- State child care subsidy reimbursement
- Quality Improvement Awards of $2,000 to $9,000
- Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation for providers and families
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New! Holding Hope, Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation for providers and families
Child Care Aware of Washington connects providers to professional development through our regional partners. Across the state, we offer:
- High-quality, cost-effective trainings
- State-approved instructors with years of child care and early learning experience
- Education for all experience levels and all types of child care providers
Find continuing education in your community and online.
- For personal guidance and opportunities in your region, contact the Child Care Aware regional partner in your community by clicking on the map below.
- You can search for specific classes statewide through the state’s MERIT search tool. MERIT
CCA of Central WA
Catholic Family & Child Service
CCA of Eastern WA
CCA of King & Pierce Counties
Child Care Resources - King County
Child Care Resources - Pierce County
CCA of Olympic Peninsula
Child Care Action Council
CCA of Southwest WA
Educational Service District 112
CCA of Northwest WA
Scholarships for early learning professionals
Child Care Aware of Washington Scholarships increases the quality of child care in our state by supporting the professional development of:
- Early learning professionals participating in Early Achievers
- Early Achievers and ECEAP coaches
Many of the colleges our scholars attend offer free food pantries to help students who are experiencing food insecurity. Click here to see if your college has a food pantry. Haga clic aquí para ver si su universidad tiene una despensa de alimentos.
Bachelor’s Degree Pathways Scholarship
Early learning professionals enrolled in Early Achievers are eligible for our Bachelor’s Degree Pathways Scholarship. The following scholarship pathways meet you where you are in your educational journey and help you get to the next level with the ultimate goal of earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or a similar, approved field.
Child Care Aware of Washington Coaching Certificate Scholarship
Child Care Aware of Washington provides scholarships to Early Achievers and ECEAP coaches and lead staff for the University of Washington’s Certificate in Practice-Based Coaching program.
Provider tools and resources
Caring for children and running a business takes a lot of different skills. The following resources can help. For more information, tools and resources, visit our pages for professional development and Early Achievers.
Child Care Business Edge
Fair Start for Kids Act
Washington state’s new Fair Start for Kids Act, signed into law in May 2021, provides many benefits to licensed child care providers. To learn more about the Fair Start for Kids Act, click here.
Health and Safety
Resources for Providing School-Age Child Care
- Opening a child care business
- Child care licensing policies and procedures
- Business financing and administration
- Sample contracts and forms
- IRS tax forms and schedules
Quality programs and tools
Child Development Information
Other state and national child care organizations
- Washington Childcare Centers Association
- Washington State Department of Health – Nourished and Active in Early Learning
- Children’s Alliance
- School’s Out Washington
- Washington Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC)
- Washington State Family Child Care Association
- Child Care Aware of America
- Office of Child Care/Administration for Children & Families – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services