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.

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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Thank you for coming to the Why Before Five Luncheon!

Thank you for helping to making our 2014 benefit luncheon such an amazing success! We heard an excellent discussion from our panelists on the importance of early learning and a very moving story from Alise Hegle. And thanks to your generosity, we raised more than $222,000 for our programs with children and families! 

Watch the video from the event where Alise tells how our Family Resource Center helped her find quality child care for her daughter Rebekah. 


And you can listen to a clip of Dr. Lisa Gunderson sharing about the importance of learning in the first five years:

You can see all the photos from the Luncheon on Facebook


Our Panelists


Laura Wells - Moderator

Laura joined Fight Crime: Invest in Kids in September, 2006 as the founding director of their Washington State office. She brings 25 years of experience in administration and promotion of programs for children. Prior to this, she was a member of the management team of Child Care Resources where she worked on early childhood issues with a particular focus on improving quality of programs. Her work at CCR also included leadership of the King County Alliance for Human Services, a coalition of community-based organizations, religious leaders and philanthropists working with business and elected officials to stabilize funding for human services. In 2003, she received the Seattle Human Services Coalition Excellence in Advocacy Award. Laura holds masters’ degrees in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Public Administration from the University of Washington.


Sue Rahr 

Sue Rahr was the first female King County Sheriff. She began her distinguished career with five years on patrol focused on undercover narcotics.  Following her promotion to sergeant, she supervised Patrol, Burglary/Larceny, Proactive, Criminal Warrants, and Special Assault Units. She has held many leadership roles including operations captain, commander of the Internal Investigations and Gang Units, and the Special Investigations Section. Following a promotion to major in 1997, she was selected to be the police chief for Shoreline in 1998. She was Chief of the Sheriff's Office Field Operations Division for 4.5 years before being appointed by outgoing Sheriff Dave Reichert after he was elected to Congress. She is now the Director at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. She graduated from Washington State University with a B.A., cum laude, in Criminal Justice.


Dr. Lisa Gunderson 

Dr. Lisa Gunderson is a senior consultant with One Love Consulting (OLC) in Victoria, BC.  OLC specializes in providing professional development, consulting and counseling around inclusion and multicultural issues, especially as they impact youth.  In Canada, she has taught child development and childhood disorders treatment, guest lectured to students from Grade 1-University on child and youth issues.  At the end of October, she will emcee the National Summit on Courageous Conversation on Race and Education for the 6th year.  Her doctorate is in clinical psychology where she focused on minority youth.  She is a licensed psychologist in California and a Registered Clinical Counselor in Canada.   Other accolades include previous multi-award winning California tenured professor for 13 years and statewide chair of professional development for the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges.  Dr. Gunderson lives in Victoria with her partner and two school aged boys.


Cary Bozeman 

Cary’s experience as a civic leader has proven that a well-developed vision can become a reality time and time again. As the former mayor of Bellevue and Bremerton, Cary has 30+ years of experience in navigating political, economic and social mine fields to help public and private sector organizations implement vital public projects. His leadership skills, public speaking expertise, and counsel on strategic direction have proven invaluable to the next generation of public servants.  Cary has also served as the Boys and Girls Club CEO for 10 years while living in Bellevue. Today, Cary lives in Bremerton and leads a consulting group focusing on partnerships between government and private business to successfully implement public projects.


2014 Luncheon Sponsors

The Boeing Company

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe


  • King County Housing Authority
  • Haggard Nelson Childcare Resources
  • The YMCA of Greater Seattle
  • TalkingRain
  • United Way of King County
  • Highline Education Association
  • Spectrum Controls
  • Sprague Israel Giles, Inc.
  • ParentMap Magazine
  • Jacobson Jarvis & Co, PLLC
  • Minuteman Press
  • ORS Impact
  • UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS)
  • Redman Construction
  • Seattle Business Insurance
  • Starbucks
  • Mar Properties
  • CRAFT3



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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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Careers program trains quality teachers

In 1998, Child Care Resources created the Careers Program to help low-income women gain employment in the child care field. Learn more…

It now does a great job of helping refuge and immigrant women and men move towards economic independence and it increases the diversity and quality of child care in King County.

The Careers Program, funded through the generosity of United Way, is a comprehensive approach to ensure long-term success with trainings, mentoring, case management, internships and employment assistance. Low-income, refugee and immigrant women participate in culturally competent classes taught in multiple languages. Each year three cohorts of 15 to 30 women go through the twelve week program.  Currently, more than 50% of Careers graduates are employed in the early learning field!

Families of many cultures are seeking quality care for their young children, care which honor their culture and helps their children be prepared to succeed in school. Child Care Resources is proud of the Careers Program because it helps meet the need for diverse child care options in our diverse community.

Read the story about Careers program graduate Rasha Ibrahim in the Highline Times

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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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