Child Care for Families Experiencing Homelessness

"In quality child care, a homeless child does not feel homeless" - Deeann Burtch Puffert

Kara was referred to the Child Care Resources Homeless Program after completing a substance abuse treatment program and being reunited with her son, Kailas. The CCR Parent Representative, Terrie, visited Kara's home to help her enroll in the program, assess her child care needs and choose the right child care. Kara was surprised that Terrie cared enough to come to her home and meet her and Kailas.

Kara had completed treatment, become employed, survived a serious auto accident and recently lost her job at the time she entered the program. Terrie helped her understand the child care system and choose the type of child care she was comfortable with.

"I told Terrie my goals – to go to school and to go to work – and she really encouraged me to take time to reach my goals. I had a lot of questions about child care, she patiently answered every single one and she gave me options. The message was always 'We're going to be there for you' and they always were," said Kara.

CCR supported Kara as she received training in Peer Counseling, became certified and found a new job. Meanwhile, Kailas was happy in child care.

"He can go on being a kid, learning all there is to learn and being the vibrant and joyful little person that he is. I'm comfortable knowing where he is and it allows me to focus on my goals," said Kara.

Our Program

For almost 13 years, Child Care Resources has administered the Homeless Child Care Subsidy Program; providing much needed child care subsidy to families experiencing homelessness across King County. But in October we learned that the Department of Housing and Urban Development will no longer be able to fund our program. That means that as of January 31, 2016, 50% of our program funding will disappear.

We are working hard to secure a new long-term funding source for this critical service to our families. In the meantime, however, the services we offer are central to meeting the needs of children and families experiencing homelessness in King County. Child care offers a safe, predictable and stable environment during their most vulnerable years and we don't want a single child to be displaced. So we're asking you to make a gift, large or small, to help meet these urgent needs.

Online fundraising for Homeless Child Care Program in King County

You can make child care possible for every child experiencing homelessness in King County joining our crowdfunding campaign

Read our CEO, Deeann Burtch Puffert's, opinion piece in the Seattle Times here

And you can watch KING 5 News coverage on our program here

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The Science of Child Development

The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington is leading the way in research on early brain development. They are building an online library of resources for early learning professionals, parents, caregivers, policymakers, and interested community members. CCR is excited to partner with I-LABS to share this critical early learning information with the families and child care providers that we engage with every day. 

Each online module explores a specific topic in early brain science, such as imitation and language acquisition, and nests it within the larger landscape of child development.  All modules are free and are designed to be appropriate for use in everyday interactions with children, as well as for informing system-level programs and policies.

The library of online training modules can be viewed at

You can also learn about exciting research being done at I-LABS by joining them for a tour to see the only MEG Brain Imaging machine that records brain activity in infants during real-time interactions.

Photo credit Institute for Learning and Brain Science / University of Washington

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New Child Care Careers Graduates

Careers program graduates ready to be hired!

Since 1998 the Child Care Careers Program has provided intensive skills-building and support for participants to build sustainable careers in early education and care. Participants engage in 12 weeks of rigorous, focused instruction that far exceeds minimum state early learning licensing requirements. Fall 2015 program participants will graduate soon and will be looking for employment in child care centers or family child care homes as high quality early childhood educators. We would like to congratulate 2 Fall program participants who have already been hired by their internship sites! Generous funding from United Way of King County as well as private funders allows us to provide this course FREE of charge to qualifying participants. Learn more…

Careers program graduates have completed:

  • 30 Hrs. STARS Child Care Basics Certification
  • 3 month Child Care Training Internship at a licensed child care facility
  • Department of Early Learning Cleared Portable Background Check
  • Adult, Infant, & Child First Aid/CPR/Bloodborne Pathogens Certification

Child Care Careers graduates increase the availability of high quality, culturally-relevant early education and care in King County. Careers class participants are immigrants and refugees who speak another language in addition to English, so they can enhance the diversity of languages that your young children are exposed to in your care setting, supporting early brain growth. The Fall 2015 Child Care Careers class will be hosting a South County Child Care Jobs Fair in December. If you are interested in presenting at this event, please contact Trudy Mossop.

Child Care Centers or Family Home Child Care Providers interested in hiring a Child Care Careers Graduate or hosting a Child Care Careers student intern should email Trudy Mossop or call 206-329-1011 ext. 287

Read the story about Careers program graduate Rasha Ibrahim in the Highline Times

To invest in our community and continue this great work, please consider Joining the Effort and Donate Now

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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 in Washington State. 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 in King and Pierce Counties 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. To view a downloadable version of our brochure, click here

To join the crowdfunding campaign for our Homeless Child Care Program, click here

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