The Early Start Act's impact on Child Care Providers

The Washington State Legislature made a huge investment in early learning this year by passing the Early Start Act.  We at Child Care Resources want to work with you so you understand what that means for you and can take advantage of the benefits for you. The Early Start Act:

  • Expands Early Achievers (EA), Washington’s quality rating and improvement system, which gives providers professional development and support to enhance their quality and gives parents information to make the right choice of child care. 
  • EA includes many resources to support our diverse providers in succeeding in EA. The Act also awards financial rewards for subsidized slots to providers who demonstrate high-quality.
  • Provides 12 months authorizations for Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) so that children and families have continuity of care, relationships between early learning teachers/providers are strengthened,  and child care providers have certainty that their children will continue in their care for a year regardless of family changes. Twelve (12) month authorization starts next July 1, 2016.

You may have heard that the Legislature made EA mandatory for providers accepting WCCC, requiring providers serving state paid children to enroll. There has been some confusion about what that means for child care businesses. It is important to both note that this requirement does not take effect until next August 1, 2016 AND that Child Care Resources is the place to contact to get more information on enrolling in Early Achievers. We are excited to support you through the enrollment process. 

We encourage you to consider signing up for EA as soon as possible so you have plenty of time to work through the process. Child Care Resources wants to work with you to take advantage of what EA can offer you, the children in your care and families.

Please contact EA Outreach at 206-329-1011, extension 227.  

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Save the Date for our 25th Anniversary Benefit Luncheon!

Please join us 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. 

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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.

2015 Luncheon Sponsors

The Boeing Company

  • Regence BlueShield
  • King County Housing Authority
  • Sprague Israel Giles, Inc.
  • Spectrum Controls
  • Jacobson Jarvis & Co, PLLC
  • Union Bank
  • Redman Construction
  • UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS)
  • ParentMap Magazine
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • Minuteman Press Issaquah


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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. 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. To view a downloadable version of our brochure, click here

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