Kids' potential, our purpose

Every day we are honored to take action that inspires the world to discover, love and nurture the greatness in all children.

What we do

We at the Department of Early Learning (DEL) strive to help create safe, healthy, nurturing learning experiences for all Washington children. Our work focuses on the earliest years in children’s homes, child care, school programs and communities. We offer information and resources for children's first and most important teachers—parents—as well as others who care for and teach young children. Learn more...

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DEL Blog

Active Play Can Promote Development and Learning 5/28/15
National Better Speech and Hearing Month: Early Intervention 5/26/15
Child-Care Providers: Immunization Course Available and More Resources 5/21/15
Featured Teacher: Cindy Banuelos, Heritage Univsersity ECEAP 5/19/15
Washington Early Learning Ranks in National Standings 5/12/15
Katie Pomeroy and Mike Snow: Engaging Pre-K Kids 5/8/2015
Jo Ader: Champion of Respectful and Responsive Caregiving 5/7/2015
Darcy Gimmestad: Helping Children Grow Socially and Emotionally 5/5/2015
Noven Chiu: Building Confidence and Culture in Children 5/4/2015
A personal note from Director Bette Hyde 3/18/2015