Licensing Orientations

There are several types of licensed child care in Washington. Family home child care providers care for children in the provider's home. Child care centers offer care in commercial, privately owned, school or faith-based spaces. School-age programs provide care for children ages 5 through 12 when school is out and are often located on school grounds, in commercial spaces, privately owned or faith-based locations.


To become a licensed child care provider in Washington, you must participate in a Department of Early Learning (DEL) licensing orientation, where you will receive information about:

  • Resources to help you through the licensing process.
  • Providing child care.
  • Training and other support.
  • The licensing application.

Once you submit your application, DEL has 90 days to act on your application. If you are applying to offer child care in your home, a DEL licensor will contact you to schedule an inspection. If you are applying for a child care center license, a licensor will come to the center for an inspection. For both family home and center providers, DEL staff will talk with you about how you plan to offer child care, and work closely with you throughout the licensing process.

After you become licensed, you should be in touch with your local Child Care Aware office, which provides child care referrals to families and technical assistance and training for licensed child care providers.

Family home child care licensing orientations

Family home child care licensing orientations occur in two phases:

  1. Phase one: Those interested in becoming family home child care providers must view an hour-long online presentation about family home child care licensing in Washington state. At the end of the presentation, you will be instructed to complete and print a post-orientation questionnaire; you will also be given the next steps to prepare for phase two.

  2. Phase two: Contact the licensing office in your area for an in-person appointment. The outcome of that meeting determines whether you are able to proceed with becoming licensed.
    Note: You need to bring several items with you, including the post-orientation questionnaire you completed, your completed application, proof of high school diploma, licensing fee, and other items listed at the end of the online orientation. If you do not bring the completed required documents with you to this appointment, you may be asked to reschedule.

Child care centers and school-age programs

People who are interested in becoming licensed to operate a child care center or school-age program must attend an in-person orientation, which are held around the state, in English and in Spanish. To reserve a spot, call the DEL office listed with the orientation you would like to attend.


Office Child Care Center Orientations
Aberdeen 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October 13, 2015

Class location:
415 W. Wishkah St.
Suite A3
Aberdeen, WA 98520

To register, call 360.407.1992  
Bellevue 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
January 14, 2015
April 8, 2015
July 8, 2015
October 14, 2015

Class location:
805 156th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98007

To register, call 425.590.3100
Bellingham 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 12, 2015
April 22, 2015
August 10, 2015
October 28, 2015

Class location:
4101 Meridian St.
Bellingham, WA 98226

To register, call 360.714.4118
Bremerton 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
February 12, 2015
June 18, 2015
August 20, 2015
December 10, 2015

Class location:
Olympic ESD 114
105 National Ave. N.
Bremerton, WA 98312

To register, call 360.405.5822
Everett 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 9, 2015
April 10, 2015
July 10, 2015
October 9, 2015

Class location:
840 N. Broadway
Bldg. A - 1st Floor, Room 103
Everett, WA 98201

To register, call 425.339.1768
Kelso  
Olympia 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 13, 2015
April 14, 2015
July 14, 2015

Class location:
Republic Building
Suite 200
505 Union Ave. SE
Olympia, WA 98504

To register, call 360.407.1992
Renton 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
February 17, 2015
May 13, 2015
August 20, 2015
November 18, 2015

Class location:
800 Oakesdale Ave. SW
Renton, WA 98507

To register, call 425.917.7913 or  425.778.7941
Spokane 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 8, 2015 - Classroom 2
April 1, 2015 - Classroom 1
July 2, 2015 - Classroom 2
October 1, 2015 - Classroom 2

Class location:
ESD 101/Conference Center
4202 S. Regal St.
Spokane, WA 99223

To register, call 509.789.3820
Tacoma 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 22, 2015 - Child care centers
March 26, 2015 - School-age programs
May 21, 2015 - Child care centers
July 16, 2015  - Child care centers
September 17, 2015 - School-age programs
November 5, 2015 - Child care centers

Class location:
1949 S. State St.
Room 195
Tacoma, WA 98405

To register, call 253.983.6400
Tri-Cities 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
February 19, 2015 - Lewis & Clark Room
May 21, 2015 - Blue Mountain Room
August 20, 2015 - Spanish - Blue Mountain Room
November 19, 2015 - Blue Mountain Room

Class location:
ESD 123
3924 West Court St.
Pasco, WA 99301

To register, call 509.544.5705
Vancouver 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
November 18, 2014
February 17, 2015
May 26, 2015
August 18, 2015
November 17, 2015

Class location:
907 Harney St.
Vancouver, WA 98660

To register, call 360.993.7946
Wenatchee 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
February 11, 2015 - Colockum Room
May 13, 2015 - Adams Room
August 12, 2015 - Colockum Room
November 18, 2015 - Colockum Room

Class location:
805 S. Mission St.
Wenatchee, WA 98801

To register, call 509.665.5289
Yakima 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 28, 2015
June 24, 2015
October 28, 2015

Class location:
111 S. 2nd Ave.
Klickitat Room
Yakima, WA 98902

To register, call 509.834.6847