Resource Links

Regional Resources

Eastern Washington Association for the Education of Young Children: Fostering the growth and development of provider members.

Eastern Washington Family Child Care Association: Providing a variety of resources to family child care providers.

Blue Prints for Learning: Operates the Child Care Training Institute, which improves the quality of care provided at local child care centers by increasing the skills and knowledge of the providers throughout the Spokane area.

Community Colleges of Spokane: A roster of classes in early childhood education that count towards a certificate of specialization.  

 

State Resources  

Washington State Department of Early Learning: Offers information and resources to providers about children's earliest years in life.

Washington State Child Care Resource and Referral Network:  Helping people locate child care and building relationships with providers.

State Training and Registry System (STARS):  Ensuring quality care for all children in our state through increased opportunities for basic and ongoing training for child care and early education and school-age providers. Washington STARS supports providers in their daily work and offers them avenues for their professional development.

Washington Association for the Education of Young Children: Promotes interest, study and action concerning the well-being and education of all young children, with an emphasis on those birth to 8 years old and their families.

Schools Out Washington: SOWA is dedicated to building community systems to support quality out-of-school time programs for Washington’s 5-14 year-olds.

Thrive by Five Washington: Working to help providers ensure that all children are ready to succeed in school and life.

Child Care and Adult Food Program (CACFP): Is one of several United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition programs providing federal reimbursedment to nonresidential child and adult care centers to serve nutritious meals and snacks.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): Provides reimbursement for meals served to children in childcare. Meals must meet basic program requirements. 509-838-4128.

Family Serivice Spokane, Child and Adult Care Food Programs: Is a long standing program dedicated to providing licensed child care homes with quality services and assistance. 

Annual Child Care Supply and Demand Report: Local CCR&R Network member programs collect data from families and providers in order to provide services. All CCR&Rs use the same proprietary data system and software which includes standardized data fields. CCR&R Network staff monitor the data to ensure quality and consistency, and the data is cleaned to meet CCR&R Network standards before reports are produced.



National Resources

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral:  Offers a compilation of programs, initiatives, and resources.

After-School Programs: Connecting you to federal resources that support children and youth during out-of-school hours.

The Access Board: An independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Various services available on the site include: accessibility guidelines and standards, technical assistance, training, research, publications and enforcement of federally funded facilities.

National Association for the Education of Young Children: The largest organization of early childhood professionals that is devoted to assuring the provision of high quality early childhood programs for young children.

National Association for Family Child Care: A professional organization established to promote quality family child care.

National Child Care Information Center: Established to complement, enhance and promote child care linkages and to serve as a mechanism for supporting quality, comprehensive services for children and families.

National Head Start Association:
The only national organization dedicated exclusively to the concerns of the Head Start community, providing a national forum for the continued enhancement of Head Start services for children and their families.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities:
NICHCY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators and other professionals with special focus on children and youth (birth to age 22).

National Fathers Network: Provides support and resources for fathers and families of children with developmental disabilities and chronic illnesses, and information on the professionals who serve them.

National Network for Child Care (NNCC):  NNCC networks with committed individuals around the country to bring you practical information and resources that will be useful to you in your everyday work with children.

Redleaf National Institute: Improving the quality of family child care by helping providers successfully manage their businesses.


Advocacy Groups

Center for the Childcare Work Force: Nonprofit national networking organization dedicated to improving the quality of child care through upgrading the salaries, status and working conditions of child care providers.

Families and Work Institute: Conducts policy research on a broad range of issues related to the changing demographics of the work force and operates a national clearinghouse on work and family life.

  Offers information and resources to providers about children's earliest years in life.  Helping people locate child care and building relationships with providers.   Ensuring quality care for all children in our state through increased opportunities for basic and ongoing training for child care and early education and school-age providers. Washington STARS supports providers in their daily work and offers them avenues for their professional development. Promotes interest, study and action concerning the well-being and education of all young children, with an emphasis on those birth to 8 years old and their families. SOWA is dedicated to building community systems to support quality out-of-school time programs for Washington’s 5-14 year-olds. Working to help providers ensure that all children are ready to succeed in school and life.Is one of several United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition programs providing federal reimbursedment to nonresidential child and adult care centers to serve nutritious meals and snacks.Family Serivice Spokane, Child and Adult Care Food Programs: Is a long standing program dedicated to providing licensed child care homes with quality services and assistance.  Offers a compilation of programs, initiatives, and resources. Connecting you to federal resources that support children and youth during out-of-school hours. An independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Various services available on the site include: accessibility guidelines and standards, technical assistance, training, and research, publications, and enforcement of federally funded facilities. The largest organization of early childhood professionals that is devoted to assuring the provision of high quality early childhood programs for young children. A professional organization established to promote quality family child care. Established to complement, enhance and promote child care linkages and to serve as a mechanism for supporting quality, comprehensive services for children and families. The only national organization dedicated exclusively to the concerns of the Head Start community, providing a national forum for the continued enhancement of Head Start services for children and their families. NICHCY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators and other professionals with special focus on children and youth (birth to age 22). Provide supports and resources for fathers and families of children with developmental disabilities and chronic illness, and the professionals who serve them.  NNCC networks with committed individuals around the country bring you practical information and resources that will be useful to you in your everyday work with children. Improving the quality of family child care by helping providers successfully manage their businesses. Nonprofit national networking organization dedicated to improving the quality of child care through upgrading the salaries, status and working conditions of child care providers. Conducts policy research on a broad range of issues related to the changing demographics of the work force and operates a national clearinghouse on work and family life.

 

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