Last updated: December 1, 2023

Embarking on the journey of finding the perfect childcare solution can be both exciting and daunting. As a parent, you seek nothing less than a nurturing, stimulating, and safe environment for your child – a place where they can grow, learn and thrive while you are at work. We understand that each family’s needs are unique, and navigating the myriad of childcare options can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve created this comprehensive toolkit.

This toolkit is designed to guide you through the diverse childcare resources available both at the University and across Washington state. From licensed childcare centers to family childcare homes, from innovative preschool programs to in-home care options, we’ve covered it all. Our goal is to empower you with information and resources, helping you make informed decisions that best suit your family’s needs.

As you explore this toolkit, imagine the possibilities that lie ahead for your child – engaging learning experiences, new friendships, and a world of discovery. We are here to support you every step of the way in finding that perfect care arrangement, one that aligns with your values and provides the peace of mind that every parent seeks.

Special thanks to Child Care Aware of Washington, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child in Washington has access to high-quality child care and early learning programs. Created by state statute in 1986 and incorporated in 1989, it is the only statewide child care resource and referral program in Washington.

Section 1: Understanding the child care landscape in Seattle