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 21, 2014

Class location: 415 W. Wishkah, Aberdeen, WA 98520

To register, call 360.407.1992  
Bellevue 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
January 8, 2014
April 9, 2014
July 9, 2014
October 8, 2014

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

To register, call 425.590.3103
Bellingham 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 22, 2014
April 23, 2014
August 27, 2014
October 22, 2014


Class location: Oak Room, Bellingham CSO, 4101 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98226

To register, call 360.714.4118
Bremerton 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
February 6, 2014
May 15, 2014
July 31, 2014
October 23, 2014

Class location: Olympic ESD 114, 105 National North, Bremerton, WA 98312

To register, call 360.405.5822
Everett 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 10, 2014
April 11, 2014
July 11, 2014
October 24, 2014

Class location: VOA/Learning Center 16300 Motor Pl. Lynnwood, WA 98037

To register, call 425.339.1801
Kelso 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
February 12, 2014

Class location: 711 Vine, Kelso, WA 98626

To register, call 360.993.7946
Kent 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
March 11, 2014
June 10, 2014
September 9, 2014
December 2, 2014

Class location: 1313 W. Meeker Suite #102, Kent, WA 98032

To register, call 253.372.6067
Office Child Care Center Orientations
Seattle 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
February 12, 2014
May 13, 2014
August 12, 2014
November 4, 2014

Class location: 3600 S. Graham St. Seattle, WA 98118 (Graham Room)

To register, call 206.760.2479
Spokane 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 16, 2014 - Child care centers
April 17, 2014 - Child care centers
July 17, 2014 - Child care centers
September 18, 2014 - School-age programs
October 9, 2014 - Child care centers

Class location: ESD 101, Classroom 2; 4202 S. Regal St., Spokane, WA 99223

To register, call 509.789.3820
Tacoma 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 29, 2014
March 13, 2014 - School-age programs
May 15, 2014
August 7, 2014
September 11, 2014 - School-age programs
November 13, 2014

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

To register, call 253.983.6400

Office Child Care Center Orientations
Tri-Cities 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
February 6, 2014
April 17, 2014
July 24, 2014
October 23, 2014

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

To register, call 509.544.5705
Tumwater 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 14, 2014
April 22, 2014
July 22, 2014

Class location: Republic Building, 505 Union Ave. SE, Olympia, WA 98501

To register, call 360.407.1992

Vancouver 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 13, 2014
August 12, 2014
November 18, 2014

Class location: 907 Harney, Vancouver, WA 98660

To register, call 360.993.7946
Wenatchee 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
February 11, 2014
May 13, 2014
August 12, 2014
November 4, 2014

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

To register, call 509.665.5289
Yakima 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
February 26, 2014
May 28, 2014

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

To register, call 509.834.6847
Yakima -
Spanish
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
September 11, 2014

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

To register, call 509.834.6847