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.

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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

Early Learning Center Bounces Back After Disaster 6/16/16
Uplifting ECEAP: Debi's Story and the Future of State-funded Pre-K 6/9/16
Exciting Changes for Washington Early Learning Providers 6/6/16
Meet the Lymans: Early Intervention Services in Washington State 5/19/16
State Welcomes New Statewide Licensing Administrator 5/17/16
Washington Makes Gains in Pre-K Funding and Enrollment 5/12/16
Community Cafe 4/22/16
Suquamish Museum Features Children's Art 4/20/16
Director Visits Children's Therapy Center 4/15/16
Week of the Young Child Emphasizes Play, Health 4/12/16
Report Highlights Early Years as Foundation for Education 4/7/16
Outdoor Play and Early Learning 3/17/16
DEL Redesigns Scholorship Program 3/14/16
DEL Celebrates Healthy Breakfast, Healthy Starts 3/8/16
DEL Celebrates Parents and Honors Unsung Heroes 2/29/16
Health Resources for WA's Littlest Learners 2/24/16
ECEAP Outcomes Report: Kindergarten Readiness and Educational Successes 2/10/16
Becoming an Early Learning Professional Made Easy by Online Tool 2/2/16
Outstanding Child Care Center Experiences Emergency 2/1/16
State Accepts Feedback on Federal Funding Plan: CCDF 1/27/16
What Can We Do to "Raise America" Right? 1/25/16
DEL Seeks New Member of Advisory Group 1/21/16
ELAN Aims to Reduce Racial Disparities 1/19/16
Progress Report on Early Start Act Released 1/11/16
Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences 12/22/15
Statewide Child Care Licensing Administrator Retires 12/17/15
Lawmakers and Early Learning Advocates Tour SW Licensed Care 12/10/15
Physical Activity in Washington Child Care 12/1/15
Pinwheels for Prevention: Make a Difference in Preventing Child Abuse 11/24/15
Partners in Early Learning Celebrate Midway Point of 10-year Plan 11/18/15
State Works to Align Standards for Quality Early Learning 11/10/15
Race to the Top: Grant Supports Significant Progress for WA Early Learners 11/05/15
Recognize an Unsung Hero 11/03/15
DEL Releases Results of 2014 Licensed Child Care Survey 10/26/15
Resource Highlight: Vroom 10/20/15
Parent Advisory Group Holds Productive First Meeting 10/13/15
National SIDS Awareness Month: Spotlight on NISSA 10/06/15
Early Learning Regional Coalitions Meet for Statewide Summit 10/01/15

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