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Childcare Resources

Finding a Provider

Child Care Aware of Washington: Search for high-quality local child care in your area through the nonprofit Washington State Child Care Resource and Referral Network, doing business as Child Care Aware of Washington.

For students in Spokane

  • Head Start and ECEAP: The program serves nearly 1,600 children at over 30 sites in and around Spokane. Head Start programs and services vary by age.
  • Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery: Sometimes the unexpected happens and a parent may need a safe and confidential place. For more information visit their website or call 509-535-3155.

For Nursing and Pharmacy students in Yakima

Washington childcare licensing requirements

Child care license requirements according to Washington law. Also included is more information about licensed child care and the benefits of choosing from a licensed child care provider.

Childcare tax credits

Information about IRS childcare and dependent care tax credit

Childcare subsidies

The Working Connections Child Care and Seasonal Child Care programs provide state-paid childcare subsidies to eligible families while the parents work or attend approved training or education.

WSU Health Sciences Childcare subsidy program

Instructions and application forms to apply for the Childcare Subsidy Program available to students at WSU Spokane Health Sciences.


A checklist and guide from the Washington Department of Early Learning for choosing childcare (pdf).