I'm an Early Learning Provider


Early learning professionals provide care and education to our state's littlest learners. There are various roles within early learning in Washington:

Family Home Child Care

Family Home Child Care Owner/Licensee is a person who obtains a license from the Department of Children, Youth and Families to offer ongoing care for one or more children in their own home. Other Family Home Child Care staff include lead teachers, assistants, aides, and volunteers.

State of Preschool Report Shows Progress in Washington State

Group of children raising their hands during floor time

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) has a goal to ensure 90 percent of children in Washington State are ready for kindergarten by 2020 with race and income eliminated as predictors of their readiness.

The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a large part of DCYF’s strategy to accomplishing this goal of kindergarten readiness, as it prepares 3- and 4-year-olds from low-income families for success in school and life.

Recognizing Staff During National Social Work Month

Social Worker

Dear Colleagues!
I want to take a moment to acknowledge you during National Social Worker Month for your extraordinary contributions to achieving our vision and mission, for your dedication to upholding the values of our profession, for your advocacy for social justice, and for your relentless focus and tireless energy to support and improve the lives of our most vulnerable populations. 

ALERT: DCYF Office Closures and Delays


Office Closures and Delays Update

Many DCYF facilities have resumed normal business operations Thursday, February 14, 2019. The following DCYF buildings are delaying opening or are closed:



Delayed Opening/Closed Status


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