I'm an Early Learning Provider

Washington uses the Early Care and Education and School Age Core Competencies to define what professionals need to know and be able to do when providing high quality care for children. These competencies are used in the creation of job postings, professional development plans, knowledge assessments and more. 

DCYF, WA Courts Celebrate National Adoption Day

national adoption day, king county courthouse

Last week, Secretary Ross Hunter and DCYF staff, joined families at the King County Courthouse to celebrate 38 adoptions for National Adoption Day. 

“We celebrate National Adoption Day because it highlights the critical service that adoptions provide in helping create loving families for many of Washington’s children and youth,” said Hunter. “Of no fault of their own, children and youth in our care need a permanent family that will help them grow into resilient adults.”

Naselle Youth Camp Hosts Potlatch During Native American Heritage Month

Naselle’s Native youth pictured along with Superintendent Pat Escamilla and Washington State Representative Brian Blake.

Earlier this month, Naselle Youth Camp hosted its annual potlatch where community members, family and DCYF staff gathered to share a meal and immerse themselves in the spirit of local potlatch tradition.  

Practiced by Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest coast for thousands of years, a potlatch traditionally takes place during colder months and serves as a gathering for the redistribution and reciprocity of wealth.

2019 Adoption Day Celebrations

adoptive families

Each year, courts and communities across the country come together to raise awareness of the 125,000 children in foster care in the United States. Traditionally held the week before thanksgiving, courts are encouraged to host events that celebrate adoptions from foster care. 

More than 1,800 children and youth in Washington are legally free and waiting for a family to call theirs forever. 

Juvenile Rehabilitation Parole Transforms Office with Diversity Collage

equity collage

The DCYF King Street Juvenile Rehabilitation (JR) Parole Office has transformed its walls with equality-centered collages.

As part of their eQuality Project, staff created an equality board that provides resources for staff and youth, and includes a collage featuring people of color and the LGBTQ+ community. Over time, what began as a handful of images from one staff member became an entire wall dedicated to honoring diversity, equity and inclusion work.

November is Native American Heritage Month

native american heritage month

November is Native American Heritage Month. Indigenous peoples have overcome many hardships over many years and now hold a vital cultural, political, social and moral presence in our society. Tribal Nations are distinct sovereign Nations whom are “partners” with the State of Washington. We honor Native American Heritage Month by acknowledging the indigenous people whom have stewarded these lands since time immemorial. 

Annual Immunization Reporting

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Important Information About Required Annual Immunization Reporting

The Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) is partnering with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to help early learning and child care providers navigate submitting their annual immunization status report this year.

Schools, preschools and child care providers must complete and file an immunization status report to DOH each year per WAC 246-105-060.