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

Pinwheels for Prevention: Make a Difference in Preventing Child Abuse 11/24/15 *NEW*
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
Parent Advisory Group Members Announced 9/29/15
Spotlight on Perinatal Support Washington 9/22/15
WA Featured for Inter-Generational Services: Supporting the "Whole" Family 9/17/15
Child Care Emergency Preparedness in the Washington Wildfires 9/15/15
Spotlight on Washington Home Visiting 9/10/15
A Day in the Life of a Center Child Care Licensor 9/08/15
Feature: Let's Move 9/03/15
DEL Welcomes Ross Hunter as New Director 9/01/15
National Breastfeeding Month: Benefits and Resources 8/27/15
National Immunization Awareness Month Tips 8/25/15
Breastfeeding Friendly WA Hospitals Supports the Healthiest Next Generation 8/18/15
A Community Approach to Tribal Early Learning 8/13/15
Planning for the Future of Early Learning in WA: ELAC's Latest Meeting 8/11/15
DEL Hosts Early Start Act Panel at Starting Strong 8/06/15
WA Early Learning Partners Sign Resolution and Host Break-Out Session 8/04/15
Join the Professional Development Community 7/30/15
Preventing Years of Damage: Sun Safety at the Height of Summer 7/29/15
Get Involved: A Resource List for Children with Special Needs 7/24/15