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Whether you’re an experienced child care provider or just starting out, Child Care Aware of Washington can connect you to resources that build your knowledge, skills and business. The Early Achievers system opens up many opportunities, from in-person coaching to online professional development to access to our free online shared business services portal Washington Child Care Business Edge. Edge can help you run your small business more efficiently. Early Achievers also gives you access to scholarships that can help support your journey to certificates and degrees in Early Childhood Education or similar, approved fields. Child Care Aware of Washington helps child care providers expand their knowledge of early childhood development and improve the quality of learning and play environments for children.

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Early Achievers quality recognition and improvement system

Early Achievers is Washington’s quality recognition and improvement system for child care programs. It helps providers help children reach their full potential, and it provides families with a child care recognition system to help them understand program quality.

Not enrolled yet?

Sign up for free and get access to:

  • Free training
  • Customized technical assistance and coaching
  • Scholarships for certificates or degrees
  • Business tools for your child care small business
  • Needs-Based Grants
  • State child care subsidy reimbursement
  • Quality Improvement Awards of $2,000 to $9,000
  • Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation for providers and families

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Professional development

Continuing Education

Child Care Aware of Washington connects providers to professional development through our regional partners. Across the state, we offer:

  • High-quality, cost-effective trainings
  • State-approved instructors with years of child care and early learning experience
  • Education for all experience levels and all types of child care providers

Find continuing education in your community and online.

  1. For personal guidance and opportunities in your region, contact the Child Care Aware regional partner in your community by clicking on the map below.
  2. You can search for specific classes statewide through the state’s MERIT search tool. MERIT

CCA of Eastern WA

Community-Minded Enterprises

2001 N. Division St, Ste. 130 Spokane, WA 99207

Professional Development Coordinator:

Shannon Blewett - shannonb@community-minded.org

800-446-2229 509-242-3405
Website

Counties Served:

  • Asotin
  • Benton
  • Franklin
  • Columbia
  • Garfield
  • Lincoln
  • Pend Oreille
  • Spokane
  • Stevens
  • Walla Walla
  • Whitman

CCA of King & Pierce Counties

Child Care Resources - King County

1225 S. Weller, Ste. 300 Seattle, WA 98144

Professional Development Coordinator:

Nayeli Mercado - mercado@childcare.org

206-329-1011
Website

Counties Served:

  • King

Child Care Resources - Pierce County

1501 Pacific Ave., Ste. 305 Tacoma, WA 98402

Professional Development Coordinator:

Nayeli Mercado - mercado@childcare.org

253-272-8000
Website

Counties Served:

  • Pierce

CCA of Olympic Peninsula

Child Care Action Council

3729 Griffin Lane SE Olympia, WA 98501

Professional Development Coordinator:

Connie Dougherty - Connie.dougherty@ccacwa.org

360-786-8907
Website

Counties Served:

  • Clallam
  • Grays Harbor
  • Jefferson
  • Kitsap
  • Mason
  • Thurston

CCA of Southwest WA

Educational Service District 112

2500 NE 65th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98661

Professional Development Coordinator:

Carol Benefiel - carol.benefiel@esd112.org

360-952-3358
Website

Counties Served:

  • Pacific
  • Lewis
  • Clark
  • Cowlitz
  • Klickitat
  • Skamania
  • Wahkiakum

CCA of Northwest WA

Opportunity Council

1111 Cornwall Ave., Ste. 200 Bellingham, WA 98225

Professional Development Coordinator:

Julie Wasilewski - Julie_wasilewski@oppco.org

360-734-8396
Website

Counties Served:

  • Island
  • San Juan
  • Whatcom
  • Skagit
  • Snohomish

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Scholarships for early learning professionals

Scholarships

Child Care Aware of Washington Scholarships increases the quality of child care in our state by supporting the professional development of:

  • Early learning professionals participating in Early Achievers
  • Early Achievers and ECEAP coaches

Learn more about our impact on early childhood education in Washington in our Impact Report / informe de impacto.

Many of the colleges our scholars attend offer free food pantries to help students who are experiencing food insecurity. Click here to see if your college has a food pantry. Haga clic aquí para ver si su universidad tiene una despensa de alimentos.

Bachelor’s Degree Pathways Scholarship

Early learning professionals enrolled in Early Achievers are eligible for our Bachelor’s Degree Pathways Scholarship. The following scholarship pathways meet you where you are in your educational journey and help you get to the next level with the ultimate goal of earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or another approved academic program. Click here to see the full list of eligible academic programs as published by DCYF.

This pathway is for early learning professionals who need to complete the last two years of their BA or BAS Degree. Applicants must have completed an associate degree (AA) or a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA), and have already applied to, or been admitted to, a Washington State bachelor’s degree program in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or another approved academic program. Applicants simultaneously working to obtain their AA while working toward their BA or BAS with less than 30 credits toward the completion of their AA are also eligible for this pathway. Flyer. Volante.

Scholarship Benefits:

  • Up to $9,000 in tuition and fees, paid directly to the academic institution
  • Book reimbursement of up to $500
  • Release time paid to the employer at a rate of $15 per hour, up to 3 hours per week
  • Completion incentive for scholars who have successfully completed their scholarship contracts

Eligibility:

  • Be employed at a child care center or family child care program that participates in Early Achievers for at least 3 months
  • Work a minimum of 10 hours per week
  • Have a MERIT-approved associate degree, or a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)
  • Must have applied to, or have been accepted (including conditional acceptance) at, a Washington State BA or BAS Degree program in ECE or another approved academic program

Expectations:

  • Apply for financial aid at the college you plan to attend before applying for this scholarship (strongly encouraged, but not mandatory)
  • Complete a minimum of 15 academic credits during a scholarship contract
  • Scholars must remain with their same employer for 6 months after the successful completion of a yearlong scholarship contract
  • Scholars must adhere to scholarship guidelines and contract terms
  • Scholars are responsible for the cost of attendance beyond the maximums and benefits of the scholarship contract

Additional Requirements:

If offered a scholarship, you must submit the following documents within a specific time-frame in order to accept the scholarship offer.

  • Documentation of your acceptance to a Washington State institution (application, acceptance letter, conditional acceptance letter or current student schedule)
  • Your most recent unofficial transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended
  • A copy of your financial aid award letter, if applicable

Deadlines:

All scholarship applications must be complete and submitted by the dates below to be considered for the corresponding term.

  • Fall term – August 15
  • Winter term (including spring semester) – November 15
  • Spring term – February 15
  • Summer term – April 15

Submitting an application does not guarantee funding. Notifications are sent via email the first week of the month following your submission. For example, if you submit an application on July 14, you will be notified the first week of August.

Contact: scholarships@childcareawarewa.org

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Scholar Forms

This pathway can be used complete a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) or any pre-bachelor’s degree coursework necessary to enter a bachelor’s program in Washington State. It is not necessary to have completed an associate degree for this pathway.

Scholarship Benefits:

  • Up to $9,000 in tuition and fees, paid directly to the academic institution
  • Book reimbursement of up to $500
  • Release time paid to the employer at a rate of $15 per hour, up to 3 hours per week
  • Completion incentive for scholars who have successfully completed their scholarship contracts

Eligibility:

  • Be employed at a child care center or family child care program that participates in Early Achievers for at least 3 months
  • Work a minimum of 10 hours per week

Expectations:

  • Apply for financial aid at the college you plan to attend before applying for this scholarship (strongly encouraged, but not mandatory)
  • Complete a minimum of 15 academic credits during a scholarship contract
  • Scholars must remain with their same employer for 6 months after the successful completion of a yearlong scholarship contract
  • Scholars must adhere to scholarship guidelines and contract terms
  • Scholars are responsible for the cost of attendance beyond the maximums and benefits of the scholarship contract

Additional Requirements:

If offered a scholarship, you must submit the following documents within a specific time-frame in order to accept the scholarship offer.

  • Documentation of your acceptance to a Washington State institution (application, acceptance letter or current student schedule)
  • Your most recent unofficial transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended
  • A copy of your financial aid award letter, if possible
  • Child Care Aware of Washington Scholarships Preliminary Academic Plan

Deadlines:

All scholarship applications must be complete and submitted by the dates below to be considered for the corresponding term.

  • Fall term – August 15
  • Winter term (including spring semester) – November 15
  • Spring term – February 15
  • Summer term – April 15

Submitting an application does not guarantee funding. Notifications are sent via email the first week of the month following your submission. For example, if you submit an application on July 14, you will be notified the first week of August.

Contact: scholarships@childcareawarewa.org

Apply Online

Scholar Forms

This pathway can be used at any approved MACTE-accredited academy in Washington State.

Scholarship Benefits:

  • Up to $9,000 in tuition and fees, paid directly to the academic institution
  • Book reimbursement of up to $500
  • Release time paid to the employer at a rate of $15 per hour, up to 3 hours per week
  • Completion incentive for scholars who have successfully completed their scholarship contracts

Eligibility:

  • Be employed at a child care center or family child care program that participates in Early Achievers for at least 3 months
  • Work a minimum of 10 hours per week
  • Have completed an associate or bachelor’s degree

Expectations:

  • Scholars must remain with their same employer for 6 months after the successful completion of a yearlong scholarship contract
  • Scholars must adhere to scholarship guidelines and contract terms
  • Scholars are responsible for the cost of attendance beyond the maximums and benefits of the scholarship contract

Deadlines:

All scholarship applications must be complete and submitted by the dates below to be considered for the corresponding term.

  • Fall term – August 15
  • Winter term (including spring semester) – November 15
  • Spring term – February 15
  • Summer term – April 15

Submitting an application does not guarantee funding. Notifications are sent via email the first week of the month following your submission. For example, if you submit an application on July 14, you will be notified the first week of August.

Contact: scholarships@childcareawarewa.org

Apply Online

Scholar Forms

Child Care Aware of Washington Coaching Certificate Scholarship

Child Care Aware of Washington provides scholarships to Early Achievers and ECEAP coaches and lead staff for the University of Washington’s Certificate in Practice-Based Coaching program.

The Child Care Aware of Washington Coaching Certificate Scholarship is for Early Achievers and ECEAP coaches and lead staff enrolled in the University of Washington Certificate in Practice-Based Coaching program. Flyer. Volante.

Scholarship Benefits:

  • Covers tuition and tuition related fees, paid directly to the University of Washington
  • Books reimbursement of up to $500

Eligibility:

  • Be employed as an Early Achievers or ECEAP coach or lead staff
  • Have applied for the University of Washington’s Certificate in Practice-Based Coaching program

Expectations:

  • Complete the University of Washington’s Certificate in Practice-Based Coaching program
  • Scholars must remain with their same employer for 6 months after the successful completion of a yearlong scholarship contract

Deadlines:

We are currently accepting applications for this scholarship. Please click on the Apply Online button to proceed.

Submitting an application does not guarantee funding. Notifications are sent via email. 

Contact: scholarships@childcareawarewa.org

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Scholar Forms

Child Care Aware of Washington Pierce County Human Services Scholarship

Child Care Aware of Washington provides scholarships to current child care professionals and aspiring child care professionals who live or work in Pierce county, WA state.

The purpose of this funding is to help increase child care in Pierce County and to support current child care providers or those who wish to become child care providers interested in obtaining degrees or certificates in early learning.
Scholarship Benefits:
  • Full Tuition and Tuition-Related Fees Paid
  • Stipend for Books, Materials and Equipment
  • Tutors and Academic Support Paid
  • Paid Release Time (Payment to Employer for Scholar’s missed work)
  • Student Teaching Stipend (To offset salary loss while completing degree requirements)
Eligibility:
  • Live or work in Pierce County
  • Intend or currently attend a Washington state based program to complete a degree or certificate in early childhood education or business administration
This funding is available during the 2023 calendar year only.

Apply Online

Submitting an application does not guarantee funding. Notifications are sent via email the first week of the month following your submission. For example, if you submit an application on July 14, you will be notified the first week of August.

Scholarship Terms (definitions and/or what they cover)

Academic Support – (Includes but not limited to): Washington Educator skills test – basic (west-b) Placement, GED & Certification tests; Certifications; Prior Learning Assessments; Application & Graduation Fees; ESL Classes; Translation Services; Mentors and Tutors from public and private agencies.

Books, Materials and Equipment: (Includes but not limited to): Required or suggested books related to courses; Notebooks, writing utensils or suggested materials for courses; Math class access fees, calculators, laptops, and cameras.

Paid Release Time (Reimbursement to Employer): Release Time is paid time off from work at the employing child care facility that scholars need to take to complete class-related activities. It is most used to attend class, study, or to meet with campus services such as academic advisors, registration, and other administrative offices.

Student Teaching Stipend (STS)

  • Definition – A stipend is a set amount of money given to an individual to help defray living expenses (such as room and board) or other expenses related to the specific purpose for which the stipend is given. Stipends do not include taxes withheld but must be reported by the individual receiving the stipend as part of their taxable income.
  • How it’s used for this scholarship – The STS will be issued on a quarterly basis to Scholars who are required by their early childhood education program to work in an early learning setting other than that of their employer. The stipend can be used for 1-3 quarters based on the needs of the academic program.

Tuition & Tuition Related Fees: Cost of classes; Candela Fees (Set-up fees for online books provided by institutions); Mandatory fees required by the institution such as transportation & security, etc.

Scholar:  An applicant who has been awarded and has accepted the scholarship.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) – Consists of activities and/or experiences that are intended to aid in the cognitive and social development of children before they enter elementary school.

Early Learning: Learning for children from birth through 5 years of age.

Early Learning Higher Education: Early childhood education obtained at colleges and universities.

Early Learning Stackable Certificates: These are certificates that build on one another that can lead into an Associate Degree in ECE:
ECE Initial Certificate (12 Credits Total)
Short Certificate of Specialization (20 Credits Total)
State ECE Certificate (47-52 Credits Total)
FAQ’s:

Q: How much does it cost to apply for the scholarship, and do I have to apply each quarter?

  • There is no cost to apply for this scholarship and you do not have to re-apply each quarter, however Scholars are required to contact the Scholarships Team each quarter.

Q: What is the deadline to apply for this scholarship?

  • For winter quarter, please submit the application before the 4th week of January 2023*. For Spring, Summer and Fall quarters, please submit the application no later than 15 days prior to the quarter starting. *The Winter quarter application submission can be extended on a case-by-case basis by contacting our Scholarships Team at Scholarships@childcareawarewa.org.

Q: Can I attend any ECE program at any college in the state of WA?

  • Yes, if you live or work in Pierce County, however some colleges do not the meet the scholarship requirement due to having their main campus based outside of WA State (even if they have a satellite campus in WA state).

Q: How will I know if I have been awarded this scholarship?

  • You will receive a “Scholar Award” email that will include your next steps to complete before any funding is issued. Please make sure to check your email often for updates and important information as failure to do so may hinder your award status.

Q: Is it required to be employed at a child care facility in order to apply for this scholarship?

  • No, it is not a requirement to apply, however if you are not currently employed you must be living in Pierce county in order to be eligible.

Q: What GPA do I need to maintain to keep my scholarship?

  • Your minimum required GPA to maintain is based on your school’s program grade requirement. Please check with your school’s Program Advisor for those requirements.

Q: Can I use this scholarship in conjunction with financial aid, Workforce or other grants and scholarships?

  • Yes, you can use this scholarship with other funding sources and this scholarship will be used as the first source of payment.

Q: If I am awarded, how do I receive the scholarship funds to pay for my classes, books, and other fees?

  • Tuition and tuition-related fees will be funded by submitting the following to Scholarships@childcareawarewa.org:
    • A pdf or screenshot of your quarter schedule (including your enrolled coursework as well as tuition and fees).
    • For reimbursement: an itemized list of your courses and detailed charges (this can be obtained from the Cashier at your institution).
  • Your school will then receive a voucher to cover the cost of tuition and tuition-related fees.
    • If you receive a bill from your institution for tuition or tuition-related fees that you have already paid, you should be eligible for reimbursement and should contact us immediately at Scholarships@childcareawarewa.org
  • For books, materials, and equipment your stipend of $400 will be processed by February 1st for winter quarter. For future quarters, the stipend will be processed the second week of the start of that calendar quarter.
  • For tutoring and other academic support, you will need to submit your receipts to Scholarships@childcareawarewa.org for reimbursement.

Q: Under this scholarship, can I just take general education classes (like math and English) during my first few quarters?

  • Yes, but you must take at least one Early Childhood Education class along with those general education classes.
    • The exception is If you have already completed the required ECE courses for your program, then you are able to take just the general education classes needed.

Q: Can I apply for this scholarship even if I won’t finish my certificate or degree by fall quarter 2023?

  • Yes, you can still apply.

Q: Regarding the “Paid Release Time”, what is the maximum number of hours that you will pay my employer when I’m away from work at my licensed child care facility due to school obligations?

  • The maximum number is 3 hours per week for every quarter enrolled.

Q: Can I still be awarded if I am behind in payments to FAFSA or to a college?”

  • Yes, you can still be awarded (provided that you meet the eligibility requirements and provide the required documentation).

Q: What is the “Student Teaching Stipend” and how does it work?

  • The stipend is a $3,000 quarterly benefit that will be issued to Scholars to help supplement their loss of income while they’re doing their student teaching. This stipend is only for Scholars who are required by their early childhood education program to work in an early learning setting other than that of their employer. This stipend can be used for 1-3 quarters and Scholars must send the required documentation to our Scholarships Team each quarter. **Please take note that this stipend must be reported by the Scholar on their taxes as taxable income.

Beca de Servicios Humanos del Condado de Pierce

El objetivo de esta financiación es ayudar a ampliar los servicios de cuidado infantil que se ofrecen en el condado de Pierce y apoyar a los actuales proveedores o voluntarios de cuidado infantil interesados en obtener títulos o certificados en el campo del educación de la primera infancia.

Para cumplir los requisitos de esta beca, los solicitantes deben vivir, trabajar o ser voluntarios en el condado de Pierce y deben tener la intención de seguir un programa para obtener un título o un certificado en educación de la primera infancia o en administración de negocios.

La presentación de una solicitud no garantiza la financiación. Las notificaciones se envían por correo electrónico durante la primera semana del mes siguiente a la presentación de la solicitud. Por ejemplo, si entrega una solicitud el 14 de julio, se le notificará la resolución durante la primera semana de agosto.

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Provider tools and resources

Provider Tools

Caring for children and running a business takes a lot of different skills. The following resources can help. For more information, tools and resources, visit our pages for professional development and Early Achievers.

Child Care Business Edge

Fair Start for Kids Act

Washington state’s new Fair Start for Kids Act, signed into law in May 2021, provides many benefits to licensed child care providers. To learn more about the Fair Start for Kids Act, click here.

Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Health and Safety

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Handwashing

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