Early Learning

Early Learning

  • Parent Resources

    Child Care Aware
    Child Care Aware connects families to high quality childcare and early learning programs.

    Child Care Resources
    Child Care Resources is a resource to help families find high quality childcare in their area.

    Department of Early Learning
    The Department of Early Learning is a Washington State agency responsible for early childhood education.

    Parents and families have a very important role as their child's first teacher. Children learn in different ways and at different rates. They come to school with varying skills. These guidelines highlight some of the skills children need to be prepared for kindergarten.
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    Love. Talk. Play.
    Love. Talk. Play. is a campaign that aims to surround parents of children birth to age three with information about three key activities they can engage in as their child’s first and most important teacher.

    Parent Help 1-2-3
    Parent Help 1-2-3 is a site where parents can apply for food and health benefits, search for local services and contact a Family Health Hotline.

    Play & Learn Parent Groups
    Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups are free parent facilitated groups that meet weekly across the state where parents can learn about child development, school readiness, and home activities to support children’s learning. Children have the opportunity to have fun participating in activities and being around peers of the same age.

    The information in this guide is provided to help you and your child look forward to school with confidence and enthusiasm. As you prepare for the coming year, imagine kindergarten as a place to expand upon your child’s education rather than begin it. Working together, at home and at school, we can help your child develop a love for learning that will last a lifetime.

    Thrive Washington
    Thrive Washington is an organization committed to building a community-wide, high-quality learning environment that benefits every child and family in Washington. Its goals are preparing every child for success, advancing the field of early learning and building a thriving system by fostering partners and policy advocacy aimed at reducing the opportunity gap.

    Vroom turns shared moments into brain-building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children's growing minds.

    Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS)
    WaKIDS is a transition process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience and connect the key adults in a child’s life. For additional information about this program, please download the WaKIDS brochure.

    Washington State 2-1-1
    2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number for people to call for health and human service information and referrals and other assistance to meet their needs.

    Within Reach
    Within Reach is a site dedicated to keeping Washington State families healthy. On this site parents can access many life-saving programs.

    Youth Program Directory
    Youth Program Directory is a comprehensive, accessible, and timely source of information about youth programs and services available across King County.

    King County Library System

    Resources for children and families.