Our History

Child Care Resources was founded in 1990 to ensure that every family in King County can find safe, quality and affordable child care that meets their unique needs and honors their children. Here are a few important milestones illustrating our growth over the years:

  • By our 10th anniversary in 2000, we’d grown from 17 to 40 employees and a $2.5M annual operating budget.
  • In 2003 we launched our Homeless Child Care Program to help fill a gap in subsidy eligibility that many homeless families in King County were experiencing.
  • In 2005, recognizing that a large number of Washington children are cared for informally by family, friend and neighbors, we started offering support groups and training at community sites—this eventually became our Kaleidoscope Play & Learn program.
  • In 2012, we assumed full operation of the statewide Child Care Aware Family Resource Center, serving more than 20,000 families each year across the entire state.
  • Also in 2012, the Department of Early Learning launched the Early Achievers program, Washington’s Quality & Improvement Rating System of licensed child care providers, with CCR providing outreach, coaching and rating assistance to registered King County providers.
  • In 2015—a big year at CCR—the Early Start Act passed in Washington, which resulted in our merger with Child Care Aware of Pierce County and the acceleration of the Early Achievers Program statewide. CCR is now implementing Early Achievers coaching services across two counties, operating the statewide call center, and seeing steady growth in our programs for Family, Friend and Neighbor caregivers as well as our Homeless Child Care Program. In less than two years our staff size has doubled to more than 120 strong.