Register now for the Early Learning Academy’s Winter Institute “Maximizing the Learning Environment"

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the  Early Learning Academy’s Winter Institute “Maximizing the Learning Environment: Creating a Space to Support the Needs of Every Child” on Friday February 27th  from 8:00am-4:00pm at the John Stanford Center for Education Excellence.  Please see the flyer for additional Institute information. You can register by clicking hereregistration will close at 4 pm on Friday, February 20th. 

We are offering attendees the opportunity to attend two 2 hour workshops, each workshop will be presented in the morning and repeated in afternoon. When registering please make sure to include attendees first and last name, STARS ID number, and what 2 workshops the attendee would like to register for.

Parking at John Stanford can be limited; we encourage attendees to carpool or utilize public transportation.

If you have any questions or need assistance registering for the Winter Institute please call Sarah Pelosi at 206.329.1011 x286 or email her.  


8:00 am Doors Open, Sign in & Catered Breakfast
8:30-10:15 am Welcome and Key Note Presentation
10:30-12:30 pm Morning Workshops
12:45-1:45 pm Catered Lunch
2:00-4:00 pm Afternoon Workshops

Keynote Presentation with Dr. Sharon Ritchie, Improving Education and Care: Minute by Minute. Sharon Ritchie’s participation in the field of education over the past 37 years has included long experiences as a teacher, program director, teacher educator and researcher. She has taught all ages from 3 year-olds to graduate students and has worked in special, regular and gifted education. For the past 9 years she has been a Senior Scientist and Director of FirstSchool at the FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill, leading the effort to re-think schools to improve the school experiences of African American, Latino and low-income children. Through her work she has developed multiple perspectives and many lenses through which to view and understand the complexity of the education and care of young children. The framework from which she does her work is based on the deep-seated belief and practice that mutually beneficial and mutually respectful relationships are key to genuine communication and movement toward change.

Workshop Selections:
Each workshop is offered twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
  • Skills for a Lifetime: Teaching Social Emotional Skills. An interactive workshop on how children learn social emotional skills and ways to foster development of social emotional learning in young children. Basic research information will be shared and activities practiced. Presented by Karen Summers.
  • Purposeful Movement and Music in the Classroom: Tools for Learning. Children have lots of energy! In this workshop we work together to use purposeful movement and music as tools for learning. Adults will explore and experience Active Learning Approach Strategies to take back to their work with children. Presented by HighScope Field Consultant, Janet Hutson-Brandhagen
  • Life after ACES: Developing Self-Care Strategies for Yourself and Resilience for the Children you Serve. An introduction to trauma repair and building one’s capacity for resilience – in both teachers and children. Content includes understanding Adverse Childhood Experience work, but will primarily focus on healing and resilience through personal growth and activities. Presented by King County Public Health’s Lenore Rubin, PhD and Pike Market’s Child Care’s Rachel Kirby, MSW.
  • Maximizing the Learning Environment: Using Culturally Responsive Practices to Support the Needs of Every Child. Using the CLASS framework and the goals of the core competencies, participants will be invited to reflect, deepen their knowledge, and strengthen their skills to build culturally responsive and inclusive environments. Presented by Dominique Alex, Nnenna Odim, and Fran Davidson.
  • Temperament Tango: Identifying and Navigating the Temperament Styles in your Classroom. Identify how your temperament traits influence your relationships with children. Explore ways of managing differences. Presented by Vickie Lunghofer.

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Advocating for Children and Teachers

Important early learning issues are being considered during this legislative session, and your voice is critical. The legislature is considering the Early Start bill (HB 1491 and SB 5452) which ensures that all children get the start they need in life by supporting and sustaining Early Achievers, Washington’s quality rating and improvement program. Child Care Resources is very involved in supporting child care providers to improve their quality through Early Achievers and to inform parents of the assessments of the provider quality to support their choice of child care.  Tell your legislators today that you believe high quality early learning is important to support children’s development and school readiness and to reduce the opportunity gap before it starts.  Ask your legislators to support the Early Start bill.

The Governor’s budget* included Parent-Caregiver Support, which funds work by Child Care Resources and Child Care Aware of Washington with parents and family caregivers.  More than half of the children in Washington are cared for by parents or other relatives, and CCR helps them to prepare children for success in kindergarten and reduces the opportunity gap.  Ask your legislators to support funding for Parent-Caregiver Support.

The Governor did not propose funding for Child Care Aware of WA Family Center. The Family Center provides customized child care referrals to parents, educates them about quality in child care and provides them with information about paying for child care. The Family Center helps parents to make an informed choice of child care to ensure that their children are supported in their early learning and succeed in school. During 2014, CCA of WA provided referrals and education to more than 16,000 families with 23,00 children. Seventy percent (70%) of callers to the CCA of Washington Family Center are from parents with low incomes who want to use child care subsidies, information that is not readily available from any other source.  The Family Center provided 700,000 referrals to early learning professionals in 2014.  If these referrals are not made, child care providers will not benefit from referrals to their programs, and many businesses will suffer. Ask your legislators to support funding in the budget for the Child Care Aware of WA Family Center.

Don’t know how to contact your legislator? Click here


*About the Budget

The Governor releases a budget at the beginning of the legislative session, and in February or March the House and Senate release their budgets.  This year, the Governor released his budget, which had generous funding for early learning.  Now is the time to make sure that the House and Senate also fund early learning.  

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CCR in the News

Everyone is talking about Early Learning and Preschool right now and Child Care Resources is a key part of that conversation. We have been working since 1990 on improving the access to and quality of care in King County and Washington State. Here are some of the recent articles about CCR’s involvement in the community.

Read the Highline Times article about how our Careers Program trains local refugees and immigrants to work in high-quality child care centers.


Read the Bellevue Reporter article about how our Homeless Child Care Program helped Andrea out of a tough situation.


Learn how our Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Program teaches parents, family members and friends while they care for young children in this KUOW article.

KUOW Photo/Nick Danielson


Hear CCR staff member Erin Welch share from her perspective as a parent how difficult it can be to pay for child care in this KPLU recording.


 Watch Tilman Smith, our Coaching Manager, discuss our Early Learning Academy program and the HighScope Curriculum in this segment of Our City, Our Schools













Read the Q13 Fox News transcript where Marty Jacobs, our Family Services Manager, shared the importance of having a backup plan for child care. 


Read the Highline Times article about how a local high school student made a difference in her community by raising support for our Homeless Child Care Program.


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The Science of Child Development

The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington is leading the way in research on early brain development. They are building an online library of resources for early learning professionals, parents, caregivers, policymakers, and interested community members. CCR is excited to partner with I-LABS to share this critical early learning information with the families and child care providers that we engage with every day. 

Each online module explores a specific topic in early brain science, such as imitation and language acquisition, and nests it within the larger landscape of child development.  All modules are free and are designed to be appropriate for use in everyday interactions with children, as well as for informing system-level programs and policies.

The library of online training modules can be viewed at

You can also learn about exciting research being done at I-LABS by joining them for a tour to see the only MEG Brain Imaging machine that records brain activity in infants during real-time interactions.

Photo credit Institute for Learning and Brain Science / University of Washington

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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn program designated a Promising Practice

Child Care Resources’ Kaleidoscope Play & Learn program was recently awarded Promising Practice designation by the University of Washington’s Evidence-Based Practice Institute. Kaleidoscope Play & Learn earned the designation by building the program on sound theory and foundational research and by producing evidence through evaluation that shows consistent, positive results for program participants.

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is a program of weekly, facilitated play groups for young children and their Family, Friend and Neighbor caregivers and their parents. In the groups, families learn about child development and what they can do to support their children’s learning at home and in their neighborhoods.

“Kaleidoscope’s success and Promising Practice status is the result of the good-thinking and vision of dozens of community partners and funders and thousands of families who helped us shape and develop the program over the last 10 years,” said Lisa Conley, Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Program Coordinator. “It’s been an incredible and inspiring process to work with such committed and innovative people who were willing to try new ideas, learn and try again until we found what works best for children and families.”

From the outset, Kaleidoscope Play & Learn has measured its impact on the families it serves. ORS Impact has been our evaluation partner from the start.

“It has been amazing to see Kaleidoscope Play & Learn go from an idea that was being experimented with to meet the needs of underserved families and communities around Seattle to where it is today -- a program that can be implemented with confidence that makes a real difference to children and their caregivers,” noted Sarah Stachowiak, ORS Impact CEO and one of the founding members of Kaleidoscope’s evaluation team.

Tanya Laskelle, Family Support Services Director at Center for Human Services, has also been part of the team since the beginning. Tanya started as a group facilitator and now manages the Center for Human Services’ nine weekly Kaleidoscope groups. She hears from families about the positive impact the program has on their lives and the lives of their children.

“We receive such overwhelming feedback from our participants that Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is such a good fit for them because it impacts the entire family,” Tanya observed. “The program meets families where they’re at. It takes them on a journey that connects them with resources, ideas and experiences that lead to their child’s school readiness and build parents’ and caregivers’ confidence.”

To learn more about Kaleidoscope Play & Learn, click here


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Welcome to Child Care Resources

Since 1990, Child Care Resources has helped to build a strong early learning system for all children in King County. We work with families, caregivers and early learning professionals, and collaborate with community partners to ensure that every child has a great start.

We are a trusted resource for families seeking child care. Our team of experts is available by phone or email to help families explore their early learning options and to make informed choices about this important decision.

We partner with early learning professionals as they develop high-quality care. Through coaching and professional development, we help early learning teachers increase the quality of care available for all children.

We are a collaborator, advocate and data resource in our community, ensuring everyone understands the value of early learning and growing support for key policies that support quality early learning.

To meet or contact one of our wonderful staff, you can view our directory

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