DEL Apps

Early Achievers

Early Achievers

Early Support for Infant and Toddlers (ESIT)

Early Support for Infant and Toddlers (ESIT)

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

DEL Apps

Learn About Licensed Child Care

Licensed Child Care

Strengthening Families Washington

Strengthening Families Washington

Healthiest Next Generation

Healthiest Next Generation

Getting Help Paying for Childcare

Getting Help Paying for Childcare

Professional Development

Professional Development

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 20, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
2:00 to 4:30 p.m. 
Morgan Family YMCA, Tacoma 
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Early Achievers

Early Achievers

Healthiest Next Generation

Healthiest Next Generation

Strengthening Families Washington

Strengthening Families Washington

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

Professional Development

Professional Development

Getting Help Paying for Childcare

Getting Help Paying for Childcare

Government

Government

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 20, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
2:00 to 4:30 p.m. 
Morgan Family YMCA, Tacoma 
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

In the News

08/01/16

OLYMPIA, WA As of Aug. 1, 2016, the majority of non-school age children receiving child care subsidies in Washington are being cared for by providers who are committed to high-quality early learning experiences. The 2015 Early Start Act created a mandate for quality improvement via participation in the State’s Early Achievers system.

07/14/16

OLYMPIA, WA – Eleven programs were awarded funding from the Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) federal funding source for the 2016/2017 fiscal year.

05/12/16

Olympia, WA and New York, NY—Many 3- and 4-year olds across the nation still lack access to high-quality preschool education despite modest gains in enrollment, quality, and funding, according to an annual report by the nonpartisan National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University.

02/10/16

OLYMPIA - The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is Washington's pre-Kindergarten program that prepares 3- and 4-year-old children from low-income families for success in school and in life. The Department of Early Learning (DEL) oversees this program.

DEL Blog

01/10/17
Meet Colton: Early Intervention Success
The following is a guest blog post authored by a Pierce County mom: 
Colton was the kid everyone looked at in public. At 24 months, he still couldn't speak. Colton would yell, scream, hit, kick, and bite his message across. He hated the smell of strong foods – they made him gag or vomit.
01/12/17
Comprehensive Pre-K Programs Shows Positive Child Outcomes

DEL is proud to announce the release of the latest ECEAP (state-funded pre-kindergarten) Outcomes Report! Children enrolled in ECEAP are assessed three times during the school year to track their social-emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development and their early literacy and math skills.