We are here to support you! Connect with a local CCA of WA coach who is a resource and advocate for you and your business or learn more about Child Provider Scholarship opportunities.

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.

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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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Thank you for making a difference for children and families! Connect to these resources for Early Achievers!

New! Holding Hope, Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation for providers and families


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 King & Pierce Counties

BrightSpark - King County

555 S. Renton Village Place, Suite 280 Renton, WA 98057

Professional Development Coordinator:

Nayeli Mercado -


Counties Served:

  • King

BrightSpark - Pierce County

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

Professional Development Coordinator:

Nayeli Mercado -


Counties Served:

  • Pierce

CCA of Olympic Peninsula

Child Care Action Council

3729 Griffin Lane SE Olympia, WA 98501

Professional Development Coordinator:

Connie Dougherty -


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 -


Counties Served:

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

CCA of Northwest WA

Opportunity Council

1201 Cornwall Avenue, Suite 200 Bellingham, WA 98225

Professional Development Coordinator:

Julie Wasilewski -


Counties Served:

  • Island
  • San Juan
  • Whatcom
  • Skagit
  • Snohomish


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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