Licensing Orientations

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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.

The Early Start Act and Becoming a Licensed Provider

Please see the Early Start Act Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for becoming a licensed provider here:

*Family home child care licensing orientations

Family home child care licensing orientations occur in two phases:

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.

Due to technical issues, the application and questionnaire links are broken in the presentation.  Please find these documents listed below:

 
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 25, 2017 
Class location:
415 W. Wishkah Street, Suite 2C
Aberdeen, WA 98520 
To register, call 360.407.1992
Bellevue
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
April 12, 2017
July 12, 2017
October 11, 2017
October 24, 2017 (School-age only) 
Class location:
805 156th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98007 
To register, call 425.590.3100
Bellingham
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
April 26, 2017
July 27, 2017
October 25, 2017
 
Class location:
4101 Meridian Street
Oak Room
Bellingham, WA 98226 
To register, call 360.714.4118
Silverdale
(formerly
Bremerton)
 
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
June 15, 2017
August 17, 2017
December 14, 2017
 
Class location:
Olympic ESD 114
105 National Ave. N.
Bremerton, WA 98312
 
To register, call: (360) 698-4388
Everett
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 14, 2017
July 21, 2017
October 13, 2017

Class location:
840 N. Broadway
Building A, Room 103
Everett, WA 98201

To register, call 425.740.6871

Kelso
(see Vancouver) 
To register, call 360.993.7946
Olympia
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
April 26, 2017
August 23, 2017
September 27, 2017 (School-age only)
November 28, 2017 
Class location:
505 Union Ave. SE 
Republic Building, Suite 200
Olympia, WA 98504

To register, call 360.407.1992

Renton
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
May 17, 2017
August 16, 2017
November 15, 2017

Class location:
800 Oakesdale Ave. SW
Renton, WA 98057

To register, call 425.917.7949

Spokane
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
April 13, 2017 - Classroom 1 *CANCELED*
July 20, 2017 - Classroom 2 *UPDATED*
October 12, 2017 - Classroom 2 *UPDATED*

Class location:
ESD 101/Conference Center 

4202 S. Regal Street
Spokane, WA 99223

To register, call 509.789.3820

Tacoma
Center Orientation 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:
May 18, 2017
July 13, 2017
November 9, 2017
 
School-age Orientation 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
April 27, 2017
September 14, 2017
 
Class location:
1949 S. State Street, Room 195
Tacoma, WA 98405
To register, call 253.983.6400
Tri-Cities
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
May 24, 2017 
September 14, 2017 
November 16, 2017 
Class location:
ESD 123
3918 West Court Street
Lewis & Clark Room
Pasco, WA 99301

To register, call 509.544.5705

Vancouver
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
June 6, 2017
August 1, 2017 (School-age only)
October 3, 2017
December 5, 2017
 
Class location:
907 Harney St.
Vancouver, WA 98660

To register, call 360.993.7946

Wenatchee
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
May 25, 2017
August 23, 2017
November 8, 2017
 
Class location:
805 S. Mission St.
Wenatchee, WA 98801

To register, call 509.665.5289

Yakima
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
May 16, 2017 *Revised*
June 28, 2017 (Spanish)
November 1, 2017 
Class location:
111 S. 2nd Avenue, Yakima Room
Yakima, WA 98902

To register, call 509.834.6847