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About Child Care Aware of Washington

Connecting Families to Child Care. Connecting Providers to Success.

Child Care Aware of Washington is dedicated to ensuring that every child in Washington state has access to high-quality child care and early learning programs. When child care is affordable, accessible and culturally responsive, the benefits are clear: children experience better long-term cognitive and developmental outcomes, and parents are able to participate in the workforce and thrive economically. This has a direct impact on the economy overall.

With a focus on the mixed child care delivery system, Child Care Aware of Washington operates the only free Child Care Finder in the state, and we provide robust resources to strengthen child care businesses. In collaboration with a network of six Regional Partners, we advocate for better access to child care for all families, including  those furthest from opportunity. Our programs include:

  • Family Services
  • Provider Training and Education
  • Provider Business Support
  • Workforce Development
  • Mental Health Consultation
  • Data and Advocacy

Vision Statement

All Washington children experience high quality, racially equitable early care and education opportunities that empower them to dream and flourish.

Mission Statement

Child Care Aware of Washington is our state’s most thorough and accessible source of information and support in early care and education (birth to 12 years). 

We work alongside families, child care providers, caregivers, and communities to meet the diverse and specialized learning needs of every child in our state. We use data and story to influence policy makers, system leaders and our partners to ensure every child in Washington has equitable access to quality learning experiences.

Core Values

People and Relationships

We work in partnership with others and in collaboration with those we serve to have the greatest impact for children.


We continually grow as equity leaders and ground our work and interactions with Liberatory Design mindsets.

Contact Our Family Center

If your child is having a tough time at child care, consider talking with one of our mental health consultants.

Call us toll-free at 1-800-446-1114

Email us at familycenter@childcare.org