Find a Licensed Facility

Choosing child care is an important decision for any parent. The first years of a child's life are filled with rapid development. While parents are a child's first and most important teacher, children of parents who work full-time may spend many of their waking hours in child care. The quality of those hours will help shape children's physical, social, and intellectual development for years to come.

To find the right child care for you, think about the needs of both your child and your family. Your child's caregiver is your partner in your child's early education; taking the time to find the right child care for you and your child will be time well-spent.

The Department of Early Learning provides services and information to help you become an informed consumer. Child Care Aware Washington also helps families with local information on choosing high-quality child care and available licensed child care providers.

Find licensed child care in your area

To find licensed child care, visit Child Care Aware Washington's website or call 1.800.446.1114. Resource and referral agencies also have a wealth of information and other services for families.
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Contact your local DEL office

For specific information about child care regulations or if you have concerns about a licensed child care facility, contact the DEL office in your area.
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Tips on finding child care

This quick guide will get you started on finding child care that fits your child and your family.
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