Human Services

Child Care Resources

Giving every child a great start

aka Child Care Aware of King and Pierce Counties

Seattle, WA


Child Care Resources improves all children's access to high quality early learning experiences by engaging with families, caregivers, and communities. Embedded in Child Care Resources' daily work is identifying and addressing racism so that all children thrive in their early learning environments.

Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Deeann Burtch Puffert

Main Address

1225 S Weller Street Suite 300

Seattle, WA 98144 USA


early learning, child care, daycare





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Child Day Care (P33)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Less than 50% of children in Washington enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. And research shows that starting behind in school means staying behind in life. Challenges that result in school unpreparedness include: families' and parents' lack of adequate child development and school-readiness information to consider when making child care decisions, high cost of child care, lack of support and resources for child care professionals to equip their classrooms and adapt their interactions to meet research-based child development quality standards, and lack of support for informal caregivers - parents, family members, friends, or neighbors who care for 75% of children under the age of five; different providers and communities also each face unique realities and barriers within the larger early learning system.

Our programs

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Information and Referral

Technical Assistance for Providers

Homeless Child Care Program


Kaleidoscope Play & Learn

Where we work

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Child Care Resources' vision is for every child to have a great start in school and in life. Our goal is to increase access to high quality early learning experiences for ALL children, regardless of barriers their families may face; and to support and empower child care professionals so that they can provide high quality early learning experiences to the children in their care.

Child Care Resources improves all children's access to high quality early learning experiences by engaging with and connecting families, caregivers, and communities. CCR operates a statewide referral center that helps families find and pay for child care, provides information on quality care and school readiness and delivers enhanced services for families who are homeless or have other special needs. We provide coaching, technical assistance, and professional development for licensed and aspiring child care providers in King and Pierce Counties so they can improve the quality of their care for all children. And we advocate for the families and providers we serve, so their voice and unique challenges have presence and impact within our statewide early learning system.

Child Care Resources holds a unique perspective within the early learning community. Because we work with and for both families and child care professionals, we have a more comprehensive understanding of the needs and challenges within the system, and serve as a voice to impact change. The majority of our staff are trained and certified in the field of Early Childhood Development and work across King & Pierce Counties assisting child care professionals through the Early Achievers Quality Rating and Improvement process, and providing technical assistance and professional development opportunities. Our family resource center serves families seeking child care across the entire state of Washington with child care referrals and early learning information. Half of these staff members are bilingual and all have access to interpretation services with over 200 different languages spoken to assist with translation during a call. Staff working within our Homeless Child Care Program are trained to work with families experiencing trauma, and have connections to other social service and homeless service organizations in both King & Pierce Counties, in order to better connect our families to additional services. Child Care Resources also relies on many amazing community partner organizations, with whom strong, mutual relationships span several decades.

Each of our core programs are evaluated a bit differently. The success of our work with child care professionals is reflected in individual providers' Early Achievers ratings and progress, and also the number of providers we are able to help start a business or meet educational goals. We measure the success of our Homeless Child Care Program by looking at the percentage of children who are placed in stable child care and the percentage of families served who become eligible for longer-term mainstream subsidies. Success in our Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Program is determined by evaluating participants' understanding of child development and certain early learning activities both before and after they've attended a number of group sessions. Our Family Resource Center defines success as a family finding and obtaining child care because of our referral assistance. We conduct voluntary follow-up surveys to gather this information.

The accomplishments we feel most proud of so far include the launching of our Homeless Child Care Program in 2003, the launching of our Kaleidoscope Play & Learn program in 2005 and the role we played in the passing of the Early Start Act in 2015. In 2015 we also merged with Child Care Aware of Pierce County and are now proudly serving child care professionals in two counties. Now that we have a home in Pierce County, we are looking forward to expanding our Homeless Child Care Program into a new market to serve more families in need. We are also in the beginning phases of creating a statewide effort to coordinate services and goals for informal Family, Friend and Neighbor caregivers. And as our region continues to see population and economic growth, the child care access gap will continue to widen, and we plan to advocate for policy changes that will keep child care attainable for our most marginalized families.

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