Join the "Why Before Five" Annual Luncheon Oct 7th

Why Before Five? The first 2,000 days can change a life


Join us on October 7th for our Annual Benefit Luncheon to learn the many ways that CCR is answering the question "Why Before Five?"

When: Tuesday, October 7th, doors open at 11:30

Where: The Seattle Sheraton Hotel - 1400 Sixth Avenue

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Whether you can join us for lunch or not, you can engage in the conversation with your friends and online. If you post your answers online using the tag #YB45, we will repost your comments. 

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If you have any questions about the Luncheon, please contact Caleb at 206-329-1011 x270 or email us

Here's what others have said in answer to "Why Before Five?"


  • Children are born learners. The first 2,000 days offer an unparalleled opportunity to build on the gifts and talents that children come equipped with.

  • The first 2,000 days contain more teachable moments than any other time in life.

  • All children deserve an equitable start. Quality early learning promotes social justice.

  • Building an educated, successful community starts with the first 2,000 days.

  • The quality of these early interactions will be reflected in the quality of the child’s future educational experiences, and their adult life.





2014 Luncheon Sponsors

The Boeing Company

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

  • Haggard Nelson Childcare Resources
  • The YMCA of Greater Seattle
  • Highline Education Association
  • Spectrum Controls
  • Sprague Israel Giles, Inc.
  • Jacobson Jarvis & Co, PLLC
  • Minuteman Press
  • ORS Impact
  • UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS)
  • Redman Construction
  • Seattle Business Insurance
  • Starbucks
  • Mar Properties



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Fall Family Child Care Conference - Overcoming Obstacles: We All Have Special Needs

Our Fall Family Child Care Conference is Saturday September 27 at Highline College! The theme for this year’s event is Overcoming Obstacles: We All Have Special Needs. Breakfast and registration will begin at 7:30am and the day will conclude with raffle prizes at 4:00pm. This event will include:

  • 6 STARS Hours
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Vendors/Shopping
  • Raffle Prizes

$75 Early Bird until September 18, register online at

Featured Keynote Speakers:

Research and Clinical Team from UW Autism Center

Dr. Annette M. Estes, Director of the UW Autism Center

Dr. Annette is also a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and Adjunct Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. Some of her research is intervention studies for young children with early signs of autism and identifying brain mechanisms that may lead to strategies to prevent autism symptoms.  She is especially interested in the role of the family in supporting positive outcomes for children with disabilities and improving the lives of people with ASD.


Ashley Penney, M.Ed., BCBA, UW Autism Center Behavioral and Educational Consultant

Previously, Ashley coordinated an intensive instruction program for preschool students with autism in the Lake Washington School District. She has experience in early intervention, applied behavior analysis, challenging behaviors, supporting children with autism in a variety of educational settings and providing workshops and trainings. She is currently a doctoral student in special education at the UW and is interested in early intervention for young children with autism, social communication, and strategies that promote adult learning and professional development.


If you have any questions about the Conference please contact Dale at (206) 329-1011 x268 or at

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Staying school ready

Taking a summer “break” from learning can have serious consequences for kids’ success in school and life. Here’s what you can do to help your child keep learning all summer long. 


Staying School Ready

Summer is here! For most school age kids, the summer months mean a welcome break, with time to relax, play outside and have fun. However, for many children, this break from school is also a break from learning, and this “break” can have serious consequences for their success in school and life later on.     

Many years of research have shown that most students lose some knowledge over the summer, especially in math and reading. You might think these kids will just “catch up” once they start school again. However, research shows that some kids will be permanently left behind.

Educational summer camps and classes are a great way to prevent learning loss. However, these programs can be expensive and are not an option for some families. One thing all parents can do is to advocate for local leaders and elected officials to provide more free and affordable high-quality summer programs. After all, this will have a positive effect on the whole community. See below for some other ideas for keeping your child’s learning on track throughout the summer and beyond:

  • Find math everywhere. Counting and adding at the grocery store, measuring while cooking (or even just scooping cereal into a bowl!), and checking and comparing the temperature outside and inside are some ways you can help your child continue to develop his or her math skills.
  • Science is everywhere, too. Summer is a great time to head outdoors to observe plants, rocks, bugs, and other things in nature. Encourage your child to describe what he or she sees, to think of questions about how things work, and even to perform (safe) experiments.
  • Connect with the community. Look for free or low-cost educational programs or events at local schools, community centers, recreational facilities, museums, zoos, or other organizations like the YMCA or Boys and Girls Club.
  • Head to the library. Library staff can help find books that are interesting to your child and appropriate for his or her reading level. Many libraries offer free educational programs, too. You can also look for books offering even more ideas for supporting your child’s math, science, reading and writing skills during the summer!
  • Talk to your child care provider. Children may get a break from school, but many parents still work full time during the summer. If your child attends a child care center or family child care home, or spends time with a nanny or other caregiver, talk to the care provider(s) about how they will support learning in the summer months. You can share some of the ideas above, and explain why it is important to you.

Source: National Summer Learning Association,

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Kaleidoscope Play & Learn program designated a Promising Practice

Child Care Resources’ Kaleidoscope Play & Learn program was recently awarded Promising Practice designation by the University of Washington’s Evidence-Based Practice Institute. Kaleidoscope Play & Learn earned the designation by building the program on sound theory and foundational research and by producing evidence through evaluation that shows consistent, positive results for program participants.

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is a program of weekly, facilitated play groups for young children and their Family, Friend and Neighbor caregivers and their parents. In the groups, families learn about child development and what they can do to support their children’s learning at home and in their neighborhoods.

“Kaleidoscope’s success and Promising Practice status is the result of the good-thinking and vision of dozens of community partners and funders and thousands of families who helped us shape and develop the program over the last 10 years,” said Lisa Conley, Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Program Coordinator. “It’s been an incredible and inspiring process to work with such committed and innovative people who were willing to try new ideas, learn and try again until we found what works best for children and families.”

From the outset, Kaleidoscope Play & Learn has measured its impact on the families it serves. ORS Impact has been our evaluation partner from the start.

“It has been amazing to see Kaleidoscope Play & Learn go from an idea that was being experimented with to meet the needs of underserved families and communities around Seattle to where it is today -- a program that can be implemented with confidence that makes a real difference to children and their caregivers,” noted Sarah Stachowiak, ORS Impact CEO and one of the founding members of Kaleidoscope’s evaluation team.

Tanya Laskelle, Family Support Services Director at Center for Human Services, has also been part of the team since the beginning. Tanya started as a group facilitator and now manages the Center for Human Services’ nine weekly Kaleidoscope groups. She hears from families about the positive impact the program has on their lives and the lives of their children.

“We receive such overwhelming feedback from our participants that Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is such a good fit for them because it impacts the entire family,” Tanya observed. “The program meets families where they’re at. It takes them on a journey that connects them with resources, ideas and experiences that lead to their child’s school readiness and build parents’ and caregivers’ confidence.”

To learn more about Kaleidoscope Play & Learn, click here


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Thank Legislators for Supporting Early Learning in 2014

In spite of continuing budget challenges, the Washington Legislature supported early learning in its 2014 budget. Positives included:

  • Increase in the base provider subsidy rate for Working Connections Child Care, Seasonal Child Care and Homeless Child Care by 8% (4% increase July 1, 2014 and 4% increase on January 1, 2015)
  • Pilot to test a system of tiered reimbursement (increased funding for participants in Early Achievers)
  • Funding increase for “Reach out and Read”, a program that promotes early literacy by giving new books to children during pediatric doctor visits and advising parents about the importance of reading.

Please help us thank the following King County legislators who “supported early learning by voting for the 2014 budget”:

Don't know who your representatives and senator are? Find your Legislator at


Reuven Carlyle, District 36

Frank Chopp, District 43

Judy Clibborn, District 41

Eileen Cody, District 34

Jessyn Farrell, District 46

Joe Fitzgibbon, District 34

Roger Freeman, District 30

Roger Goodman, District 45

Mia Gregerson, District 33

Cyrus Habib, District 48

Zack Hudgins, District 11,

Ross Hunter, District 48

Christopher Hurst, District 31

Ruth Kagi,  District 32

Luis Moscoso, District 1

Tina Orwall, District 33

Eric Pettigrew, District 37

Gerry Pollet, District 46

Cindy Ryu, District 32,

Sharon Tomiko Santos, District 34

Tana Senn, District 41

Larry Springer, District 45

Derek Stanford, District 1

Pat Sullivan, District 47

Gael Tarleton, District 36

Brady Walkinshaw, District 43


Maralyn Chase, District 32

Tracie Eide, District 30

Joe Fain, District 47

David Frockt, District 46

Andy Hill, District 45

Karen Keiser, District 33

Steve Litzow, District 41

Mark Mullet, District 5

Sharon Nelson, District 34

Pam Roach, District 31

Rodney Tom, District 48

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Careers program trains quality teachers

In 1998, Child Care Resources created the Careers Program to help low-income women gain employment in the child care field. Learn more…

It now does a great job of helping refuge and immigrant women and men move towards economic independence and it increases the diversity and quality of child care in King County.

The Careers Program, funded through the generosity of United Way, is a comprehensive approach to ensure long-term success with trainings, mentoring, case management, internships and employment assistance. Low-income, refugee and immigrant women participate in culturally competent classes taught in multiple languages. Each year three cohorts of 15 to 30 women go through the twelve week program.  Currently, more than 50% of Careers graduates are employed in the early learning field!

Families of many cultures are seeking quality care for their young children, care which honor their culture and helps their children be prepared to succeed in school. Child Care Resources is proud of the Careers Program because it helps meet the need for diverse child care options in our diverse community.

Please Join the Effort and Donate Now

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Paving the way toward increased quality of child care

Early Achievers has now been underway in King County and across the state since July 2012.  The response to this system-wide initiative over the past year and half has been unexpectedly positive.  In King alone, we have over 650 participating licensed facilities, serving nearly 19,000 children!  Early Achievers is good for children, because it highlights what children need in their child care setting to be successful now and later on in school and life.    


One of the most exciting parts of participation is the access to professional development, scholarships for program staff to continue education, onsite coaching at the child care program and quality improvement awards for rated sites to invest back into their program.  By March of 2014, King County will have 145 rated child care facilities, and many additional sites getting closer to requesting a rating.  Watch a video to see how Early Achievers has had a positive impact on one child care program: 

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Welcome to Child Care Resources

Since 1990, Child Care Resources has helped to build a strong early learning system for all children in King County. We work with families, caregivers and early learning professionals, and collaborate with community partners to ensure that every child has a great start.

We are a trusted resource for families seeking child care. Our team of experts is available by phone or email to help families explore their early learning options and to make informed choices about this important decision.

We partner with early learning professionals as they develop high-quality care. Through coaching and professional development, we help early learning teachers increase the quality of care available for all children.

We are a collaborator, advocate and data resource in our community, ensuring everyone understands the value of early learning and growing support for key policies that support quality early learning.

To meet or contact one of our wonderful staff, you can view our directory

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