February 26, 2019

Robin Lester, Chief Executive Officer of Child Care Aware of Washington, has announced her retirement effective the end of March. Congratulations Robin!

Robin served as the organization’s leader since August 2015 and brought a strong management and legal background to CCA of WA’s mission and work, always focused on positive change for families. Encouraging innovation, Robin advanced the organization’s strategic planning capacity, realized tremendous growth in our services to child care providers and in our family services programs, established Shared Business Services to assist child care providers, and established privately funded projects for Washington’s young children and their families in communities throughout the state. She contributed to the early learning system advocating for improvements and funding for child care programs and by influencing statewide policy on task forces and committees.

“It has been my privilege and great honor to serve as CEO for the last three-plus years. We currently have a dedicated, hard-working and talented leadership team and staff diligently working to ensure that families, children and providers receive quality resources and continual quality improvement for early learning care. I know that as I enter retirement Child Care Aware of Washington will continue to be Washington’s most trusted child care resource and I look forward to seeing the great advancements for children, both in kindergarten readiness and in every day quality early learning experiences.”

August 14, 2018

Child Care Aware of Washington Releases Child Care Data for Every County in State – Child Care Capacity Recovery Uneven Across Washington

Child Care Capacity Recovery Uneven Across Washington

TACOMA, WA –Aug.14,2018–Child Care Aware of Washington’s newest data show that while statewide child care capacity is nearing pre-Great Recession levels, the recovery has not been even across the state. Twenty of Washington’s 39 counties still have less licensed child care capacity than they did five years ago, reducing access to child care for families in many regions of the state. Of the 20 counties with lower capacity, more than half experienced double-digit declines.

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