Would you like to know more about child care licensing in your state or resources for children with special needs? Do you need to contact someone about child support, health care for your family, or help paying for food or heat? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Click a tab below to find those resources and more in Washington.

Find out more about child care in your area. Click on the links below, or contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for one-on-one help.

Child Care Licensing

Your local child care regulatory office

Phone: 1(866) 482-4325

Website

Provider Complaint Line: 1(866) 482-4325

Inspection Reports

Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

Website

Child Care Fact Sheet

Basic facts about child care in your area

State Fact Sheet

Washington Child Care Information

Information and resources for parents looking for child care in Washington

Website

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Reimburses child care providers for healthy meals and snacks

Phone: 1(866) 328-6325 (Child Care Centers), Family Child Care Homes should contact a local sponsor

Website Find a Local Sponsor (FCCs)

Criminal Background Checks

Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

Website

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – Early Achievers

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

Website

Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

Child Protective Services

To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

Phone: 1(866) 363-4276

Website

Child Support Enforcement

Child support application and procedures for your state

Phone 1(800) 442-5437

Website

Medicaid Eligibility Apple Health

Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

Phone: 1(877) 501-2233

Website

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – Apple Health for Kids

Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

Phone: 1(800) 562-3022

Website

Department of Social and Health Services

State government programs and services for children and families

Website

Behavioral Health and Recovery

State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

Phone: 1(866) 789-1511

Website

Car Seat Basics

Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

Phone: 1(800) 282-5587 or (425) 828-8975

Website

Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

Child Care Assistance – Working Connections Child Care

Child care financial assistance program

Phone: 1(844) 626-8687

Website

Child Care Assistance – Seasonal Child Care

Child care financial assistance program

Phone: 1(844) 626-8687

Website

Washington Head Start

A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

Website

Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

Phone: 1(800) 322-2588

Website

Find Your Local WIC Clinic

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

Phone: 1(877) 501-2233

Website

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

Federal nutrition program

Phone: 1(877) 501-2233

Website

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

DSHS Emergency Programs

Programs for eviction, homelessness, child care needed due to work, domestic violence, etc.

Phone: 1(877) 501-2233

Website

Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

Easter Seals Washington

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone: (206) 281-5700

Website

The Arc of Washington State

Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

Phone: 1(888) 754-8798 or (360) 357-5596

Website

Early Intervention – Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT)

Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

Phone: 1(800) 322-2588

Website

Kinship/Relative Caregivers Programs

Resources for children in the care of a relative, member of their tribe or clan, godparent, stepparent, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child

Website

  • Child Care

    Find out about the ins and outs of child care in your area. What is required to become a provider in your area? What requirements are there for a background check? Does your state offer any quality improvement programs?

    Child Care Licensing

    Your local child care regulatory office

    Phone:1(866) 482-4325

    Website

    Phone:1(866) 482-4325

    Inspection Reports

    Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

    Website

    Child Care Fact Sheet

    Basic facts about child care in your area

    State Fact Sheet

    Child Care Center Regulations

    Requirements necessary to operate a child care center

    State of Child Care Centers

    Family Child Care Regulations

    Requirements necessary to operate a child care program in one’s home

    State of Small FCC Homes

    Criminal Background Checks

    Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

    State of Child Care Centers Website

    Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – Early Achievers

    Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

    Website

  • Health and Social Services

    Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

    Child Protective Services

    To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

    Phone: 1(866) 363-4276

    Website

    Child Support Enforcement

    Child support application and procedures for your state

    Phone 1(800) 442-5437

    Website

    Medicaid Eligibility Apple Health

    Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

    Phone: 1(877) 501-2233

    Website

    Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – Apple Health for Kids

    Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

    Phone: 1(800) 562-3022

    Website

    Department of Social and Health Services

    State government programs and services for children and families

    Website

    Behavioral Health and Recovery

    State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

    Phone: 1(866) 789-1511

    Website

    Car Seat Basics

    Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

    Phone: 1(800) 282-5587 or (425) 828-8975

    Website

  • Financial Assistance

    Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

    Child Care Assistance – Working Connections Child Care

    Child care financial assistance program

    Phone: 1(844) 626-8687

    Website

    Child Care Assistance – Seasonal Child Care

    Child care financial assistance program

    Phone: 1(844) 626-8687

    Website

    Washington Head Start

    A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

    Website

    Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

    Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

    A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

    Phone: 1(800) 322-2588

    Website

    Find Your Local WIC Clinic

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

    Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

    Phone: 1(877) 501-2233

    Website

    Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

    Federal nutrition program

    Phone: 1(877) 501-2233

    Website

    Low Income Energy Assistance Program

    Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    DSHS Emergency Programs

    Programs for eviction, homelessness, child care needed due to work, domestic violence, etc.

    Phone: 1(877) 501-2233

    Website

  • Children with Special Needs

    Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

    Easter Seals Washington

    Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

    Phone: (206) 281-5700

    Website

    The Arc of Washington State

    Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

    Phone: 1(888) 754-8798 or (360) 357-5596

    Website

    Early Intervention – Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT)

    Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

    Phone: 1(800) 322-2588

    Website

  • Kinship/Relative Caregivers Programs

    Resources for children in the care of a relative, member of their tribe or clan, godparent, stepparent, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child

    Website

If you find that any of the information above is incorrect, please contact us at info@childcareaware.org.