Helpful Links for Parents and Providers
American Academy of Pediatrics
An organization of pediatricians offering health information for parents and a section for professional and educational resources.
Beansprout is the first online community connecting parents with their pediatricians and child care providers. Visit this website to find up-to-date information, resources, and tools for families and child care professionals.
http://www.esd189.org/nwel/bornlearning.html (local website)
http://www.bornlearning.org (national website)
Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that provides important information about what young children need every day to ensure quality early learning. Designed to support you in your critical role as a child’s first teacher, Born Learning materials are made available.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A program of the US Department of Health and Human Services, focusing its efforts on research and investigations related to public health. A program of the CDC is The National Immunization Program.
Child Care Check
This website provides basic information about licensed child care facilities, including information about licensing complaints that are found to be valid (proven) by the Department of Early Learning. It does not report CPS information. If you do not find the provider that you are looking for, the business could be unlicensed.
Child Care Aware
Assists parents in finding the best information on locating quality child care and child care resources in their community. Also has parent education information.
Child Care Licensing Requirements/WAC's
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=170-295 (Child Care Centers)
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=170-296 (Family Child Care)
It is essential that providers and parents are aware of Washington State’s minimum licensing requirements for child care. These websites list the minimum licensing requirements for both Child Care Centers and Family Child Care.
Offices within local communities are responsible for receiving and investigating reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. Reports are received by Child Protective Services (CPS) located in each community office and assessed to determine whether the report meets the legal definition of abuse or neglect and how dangerous the situation is.
The Children's Alliance ensures that laws, policies and programs work for Washington State's kids. The Children's Alliance mission is to improve the well being of children by effecting positive changes in public policies, priorities, and programs, and its vision is that all of Washington's children will have what they need to grow up to be the people they dream of becoming.
Council for Professional Recognition
An accreditation program for child care providers who want to earn their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.
Department of Early Learning
The Department of Early Learning (DEL) places a high value on families and the relationship between parent and child. To ensure our children are safe, DEL partners with
parents, early child care providers and early childhood specialists to help protect and nuture our children.
Acquire advice, solutions, links, and books about parenting. Elizabeth Pantley's solutions stem from her belief that children need to be raised with love, compassion, respect, and consistency.
This website contains a library of specific diagnoses and a wide range of topics related to special needs. There is information about connecting with other people, health care and product information, message boards, community and educational resources, places of worship, options for recreation and leisure, and a guide to the Internet.
Home Safety Tips for Toddlers
Home may be where the heart is, but it is also where many child accidents and injuries occur. When someone becomes a parent, simple household items that were never an issue suddenly become a safety concern. In addition to childproofing cabinets and stairways, parents and other family members can take a number of steps to keep babies, toddlers, and young children safe in the home. These tips can prevent serious injuries and even deaths.
Love Talk Play
The Love Talk Play campaign supports parents as their child's first and most important teacher by focusing on love, talk and play – three actions that will really make a difference for their child – and providing ideas for how to make them part of everyday activities.
Managed Education and Registry Information Tool (MERIT)
MERIT is the Department of Early Learning's online training database for Early Learning and Child & Youth Development Professionals. It helps manage the State Training and Registry System (STARS) trainings.
National After School Association
Offers accreditation standards for the after school and out-of-school child care programs.
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)
NACCRRA is the national network of community-based child care resource and referral agencies. NACCRRA provides technical consultation and resources to member child care resource and referral agencies. Visit this website to find out more information and discover the benefits of membership.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Come here to check out the latest information on NAEYC's conferences and publications, plus information on accreditation, advocacy, policy issues, and NAEYC membership.
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
The mission of NAFCC is to support the profession of family child care and to encourage high-quality care for children. NAFCC promotes high-quality family child care through accreditation, leadership training, technical assistance, public education, and policy initiatives. Visit the website to find out more about this organization.
National Center for Family Literacy
An organization focusing on development of quality literacy programs for parents and children.
National Child Care Information Center
Visit this site to find information on research and initiatives going on in the child care field. This page is also an excellent source for information on each state's ratios, teacher qualifications, demographics, and more.
National Head Start Association
Offers support and resources to local Head Start programs.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Conducts and supports medical research. NIH has 27 institutes and centers including The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and The National Library of Medicines’ MEDLINEplus.
National Parent Information Network
As part of the ERIC clearinghouse on elementary and early childhood education, this site focuses on information for parents. You will find a lot of great resources, including a magazine, discussion list, conference events, state networks, an “ask-ERIC” section, and much more.
Northwest Community Resource Directory
Opportunity Council’s Resource Page is a listing of community agencies and services that are most likely to meet the needs of individuals and families being served by Opportunity Council.
Currently, Whatcom County information is available in the database (Island and San Juan Counties’ information will be added in the future). Service providers can be found by searching
through 8 different needs categories.
Northwest’s Child provides a safe nurturing place for children, teens and adults with moderate to severe special needs. For school-aged clients this program is a valuable extension to each student’s school day and increases their chances at mastering the many goals they strive to achieve.
Parents' Action for Children
Parents will find parent education information, tools to connect with other parents, and support in issues important to families.
Parents as Teachers
A parent education program offering resources and support for families regarding early childhood education—from birth to age five.
Seeds to Success (Formerly known as the Quality Rating and Improvement System)
Seeds to Success is the Washington State Department of Early Learning’s (DEL) voluntary quality rating and improvement system. There are two main goals of quality rating and improvement systems around the nation:
(1) Improve the quality of child care offered to families by offering support and resources to providers who commit to improving their facilities and the care they provide; and
(2) Offer “consumer report” information to families about child care providers in their communities so they can make the best child care choices for their families.
Text4baby is a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), textbaby provides pregnant women and new moms with information they need to take care of their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby's date of birth.
Thrive by Five Washington
Thrive by Five Washington champions positive early learning opportunities for every child, from birth to age five, so that they are ready to succeed in school and thrive in life. The board of Thrive by Five Washington is co-chaired by Mr. Bill Gates, Sr.
United Way Success By 6
A network working for the improvement of school readiness.
US Consumer Product Safety Commission
Promotes consumer safety in connection to over 15,000 consumer products.
US Department of Education
Works toward ensuring equal access to education and promoting educational excellence.
Washington Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC)
WAEYC is is the professional association for those working with children ages birth through eight years old in Washington. It has have fourteen (14) local Affiliate Chapters and almost two-thousand (2,000) members throughout the state.
Washington Learning Systems
Learning during the preschool years builds the foundation for success in school. These programs show educators and parents ways to “power-up” everyday interactions with young children to promote language development, literacy, and learning. The programs are used by early childhood educators, speech/language pathologists, special educators, libraries, parent-educators, nurses, home-visitors, universities, colleges, and parents.
Washington Learns, created and led by Governor Chris Gregoire, is conducting a top to bottom, 18-month review of Washington's entire education system, its structure and funding. The Governor has assembled a diverse group of business, community, education, government and minority leaders from all across Washington to create a roadmap for building a world-class education system that prepares all Washington students to succeed in today's global economy.
Washington State Child Care Resources & Referral Network
The WA State Child Care Resource & Referral Network offers information for parents and child care providers. Parents may access a pamphlet "Choosing Child Care" on line, background checks, and much more information on child care issues. Providers may receive information on available grants and loans for development, as well as getting licensed, professional development information, business planning/questions, health and safety links, and information on various other topics about the child care business.
Washington State Early Learning and Development Benchmarks
A guide to young children's learning and development from Birth to Kindergarten Entry. This guide is designed to provide important child development information for all who care for and support young children - parents,
family members, care givers and teachers.
Washington State Legislature
In order to learn more about and actively influence public policy pertaining to quality child care and early learning, and to improve the quality of early learning opportunities for children, contact your Washington State legislature.
You can find your legislature online using the link above.
Working Connections Child Care
The Working Connections Child Care program helps families to pay for child care. Access this website to find out more information about subsidy eligibility and benefits.
To access the Department of Early Learning’s new brochure on the Working Connections Child Care Program, go to
Zero to Three
Zero to Three is a national non-profit charitable organization whose aim is to strengthen and support families, practitioners and communities to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers. Visit this website to find information
resources for both parents and professionals.