Join us at our 25th Anniversary Benefit Luncheon!

It's not too late to join us and learn how "brains are built not born" at our Luncheon on October 21st as we celebrate 25 years of giving every child a great start and share our vision for continuing that mission. We're excited to announce that our speakers this year are Drs. Pat Kuhl and Andy Meltzoff from our partners at The Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS).

The Luncheon is at Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center on Wednesday, October 21st from 12:00-1:15. Doors open at 11:30. Registration closes on 10/18 but walk-in guests are welcome. 

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There is no charge to attend but a suggested donation of $150 is encouraged. All gifts are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. Gifts of $500 or more will be matched. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a gift in lieu, you can click here

Fisher Pavilion is in the Seattle Center across from the International Fountain between Key Arena and The Armory. The nearest parking lots are near the Pacific Science Center at 200 2nd Ave N or 232 1st Ave N. The Seattle Center is also served by Metro buses 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 24, 30, 33, 45, 81, 82 and the Monorail.

Our Speakers

Dr. Patricia Kuhl is the Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Early Childhood Learning, Co-Director of the UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, Director of the NSF-funded Science of Learning Center, and Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences. She is internationally recognized for her research on early language and brain development, and studies that show how young children learn. Dr. Kuhl's work has played a major role in demonstrating how early exposure to language alters the brain. It has implications for critical periods in development, for bilingual education and reading readiness, for developmental disabilities involving language, and for research on computer understanding of speech.

Dr. Andrew N. Meltzoff holds the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowed Chair and is the Co-Director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. A graduate of Harvard University, with a PhD from Oxford University, he is an internationally renowned expert on infant and child development. His discoveries about infant imitation have revolutionized our understanding of early cognition, personality, and brain development. His research on social-emotional development and children’s understanding of other people has helped shape policy and practice.

Dr. Meltzoff's 20 years of research on young children has had far-reaching implications for cognitive science, especially for ideas about memory and its development; for brain science, especially for ideas about common coding and shared neural circuits for perception and action; and for early education and parenting, particularly for ideas about the importance of role models, both adults and peers, in child development.

Our Master of Ceremonies

Elisa Hahn has worked for KING 5 for almost 20 years. She’s covered many of the top stories in our region including the WTO riots and the Oso landslide. Elisa was born in Korea but grew up mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of California at Davis, and a Master's degree in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University. Elisa lives in West Seattle, where you'll often see her running along Alki, setting the pace for her husband, son, and the family dog.

2015 Luncheon Sponsors

The Boeing Company

  • Regence BlueShield
  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • School's Out Washington
  • King County Housing Authority
  • YMCA of Greater Seattle
  • Sprague Israel Giles, Inc.
  • Spectrum Controls
  • Jacobson Jarvis & Co, PLLC
  • Union Bank
  • ORS Impact
  • Redman Construction
  • D&E Mar, LLC
  • UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS)
  • ParentMap Magazine
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • Minuteman Press Issaquah


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Fall Family Child Care Conference

Our Fall Family Child Care Conference is Saturday September 26th at the Seattle Goodwill Job Training Center! The theme for this year’s event is STEM: Building on What you Have in a Purposeful Way. Breakfast and registration will begin at 7:30am and the day will conclude with raffle prizes at 4:00pm. This event will include:

  • 6.5 STARS Hours
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Vendors/Shopping
  • Raffle Prizes

$80 Early Bird Deadline is September 18th, register online at

Featured Speaker: Dr. Debra Sullivan
Seattle Central College and Black Child Development Institute

STEM: Reclaiming Our Genius
Too often, we find ourselves trying to avoid science, technology, engineering, and math because we may be unsure of our ability to teach them.  Children aren’t nearly as unsure as we are, so we must be intentional about nurturing their natural excitement and curiosity.  All we have to do is reclaim our STEM genius and have fun learning about the many different ways young children integrate STEM concepts and topics into their daily lives and how we can support their learning.

Dr. Debra Sullivan is the former president of the Praxis Institute for  Early Childhood Education – a racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse college that provides graduate and undergraduate education and professional development for people who work with young children. Currently, Dr. Sullivan is the Director of Applied Behavioral Science at Seattle Central College and serves as the President of the Black Child Development Institute (BCDI).  


If you have any questions about the Conference please contact Dale at (206) 329-1011 x268 or at

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We support King County Proposition 1 to ensure Best Starts for Kids

Child Care Resources is proud to endorse King County Proposition 1 on this Fall's ballot.

Best Starts for Kids in an initiative to improve the health and well-being of King County children by investing in early intervention and prevention for children ages 0-24, their families, and our community. The initiative is a six-year levy which will raise $65 million per year at the cost of about $1 per week for a typical King County homeowner. Over fifty percent of the funding will be targeted for birth to five services including prenatal support, home visitation, developmental screenings and other support for parents and children. To ensure equity across King County, the vast majority of funds will be dispersed through competitive bid with outcome-focused contracts awarded to local community-based organizations.

To learn more, visit the Best Starts for Kids site

Key Elements of Best Start for Kids:

  • Investing Early ~ Science and evidence shows us that the earlier we invest, the greater the return for children and society. Over 50% of the BSK Levy is invested in early learning and 0-5 prevention programs.
  • Sustaining the Gain ~ Ongoing prevention and intervention at key developmental stages can help keep a young person on track for success. 25% of BSK is invested to help children 5-24 sustain gains through life skills outreach, homelessness prevention, school and home-based intervention to reduce high-risk behavior and expansion of school-based health centers.
  • Communities Matter ~ Local communities are where children and families thrive. The Community of Opportunity Promise supports local communities in achieving safety, affordability and access to quality food and health care. 10% of funds are invested directly into communities.
  • Outcome Focused and Data Driven ~ 5% is set aside to continue to ensure the BSK strategies are suited for children of every background, cost effective and delivering results for all children.
  • Youth and Family Homeless Prevention ~ Funding will initially be used to take on homelessness prevention through a successful model serving domestic violence survivors. 


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New Child Care Careers Graduates

Careers program graduates ready to be hired!

Since 1998 the Child Care Careers Program has provided intensive skills-building and support for participants to build sustainable careers in early education and care. Participants engage in 12 weeks of rigorous, focused instruction that far exceeds minimum state early learning licensing requirements. 20 graduates completed the program in Spring 2015 and are ready to be employed in child care centers or family child care homes as high quality early childhood educators. Generous funding from United Way of King County as well as private funders allows us to provide this course FREE of charge to qualifying participants. Learn more…

Careers program graduates have completed:

  • 30 Hrs. STARS Child Care Basics Certification
  • 3 month Child Care Training Internship at a licensed child care facility
  • Department of Early Learning Cleared Portable Background Check
  • Adult, Infant, & Child First Aid/CPR/Bloodborne Pathogens Certification

Child Care Careers graduates increase the availability of high quality, culturally-relevant early education and care in King County. Careers class participants are immigrants and refugees who speak another language in addition to English, so they can enhance the diversity of languages that your young children are exposed to in your care setting, supporting early brain growth. The Spring 2015 Child Care Careers Class has just begun, and some participants are still seeking child care internship placements, particularly in South King County.

Child Care Centers or Family Home Child Care Providers interested in hiring a Child Care Careers Graduate or hosting a Child Care Careers student intern should email Trudy Mossop or call 206-329-1011 ext. 287

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

To invest in our community and continue this great work, please consider Joining the Effort and Donate Now

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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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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 in Washington State. 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 in King and Pierce Counties 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. To view a downloadable version of our brochure, click here

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