Quality child care is a necessity for working families. However, locating affordable child care can easily feel like a daunting and stressful task. At Washington State University Spokane, it is our wish to empower our students and employees with the necessary information needed to identify the range of available child care options.

Spokane Area Child Care Directory-Community Minded Enterprises

Child Care Aware of Washington »

Head Start and ECEAP »

Head Start/ECEAP/Early Head Start serves nearly 1,600 children at over 30 sites in and around Spokane. Head Start programs and services vary by age. For example:

  • Free part-day for children ages 3 through pre-kindergarten
  • Free part-day for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years
  • Full-day* for children ages 3 through pre-kindergarten
  • Full-day* for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years

Early Head Start also has a home visiting program that assists pregnant mothers and their children from prenatal to age 3. 

Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery »

Sometimes the unexpected can happen and a parent may find themselves without child care in event of a crisis. The crisis nursery is a safe and confidential place. For more information click the referenced link or call 509-535-3155.

Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) Laws and Rules »

Click here for the child care license requirements according to Washington Administrative Code. Chapter 43.215 RCW. Also included is more information about licensed child care and the benefits of choosing from a licensed child care provider:

The Department of Early Learning (DEL) also adopts regulations for programs that help parents pay for child care. The Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) and Seasonal Child Care (SCC) programs provide state-paid child care subsidies to eligible families while the parents work or attend approved training or education. Click Here for more information.

Early Learning and Development Guidelines (Department of Early Learning) (DOC) »

These guidelines are meant to be used by parents as their children's first and most important teachers, as well as by other educators and caregivers. They are a tool that offer useful information about the skills and behaviors you might see in children at different ages and stages. You can use these guidelines to become better informed about your child's learning process. It is important that your child care provider be familiar with these. 

For WSU Spokane Employees/Child and Dependent Care Credit & Flexible Benefit Plans

If you have a Flexible Spending Account at WSU, you can file a claim for child care credit on Part III of Form 2441 (see sidebar). Click Here for more information on child care claims when filing your taxes.

Listed are some links to websites with valuable information including licensed child care resources, statistics and prices for Spokane County and the State of Washington. We have also provided some useful tools below to assist you in your search.

2012 Median Rates for Child care (Home Providers) »

2012 Median Rates for Child care (Child care Centers) »

2014 Childcare Data Report for Spokane County »

Childcare and Dependent Care Tax Credit »

WA Guide for Child Care »