COVID-19 Updates

Child Care Resources is supporting the recommendations of Public Health Seattle & King County. Please check this page for available resources and the latest updates on COVID-19.

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Area specific resources

Educational resources

Info on How to Talk to Children about Coronavirus

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Group resources

Provider specific updates

School District Child Care Programs in WA State

School District Meal Programs in WA State

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Friday March 27, 2020

Governor Inslee released a statement today on the federal stimulus package.  Below is a summary of some allocations for Washington:

Summary of some allocations for Washington state:
State Coronavirus Relief Fund: estimated $1.624 billion for Washington state (state share) and estimated $1.329 billion for WA local governments (local share) for a $2.953 billion total for Washington, out of $150 billion total;
Child Care Development Block Grant: estimated $58.2 million for Washington out of $3.5 billion total;
Community Services Block Grants for counties and cities to rapidly respond to the economic and housing impacts caused by COVID-19: estimated $11.8 million for Washington out of $1 billion total;
Low Income Energy Assistance program: estimated $11.1 million for Washington out of $900 million total;
Education Stabilization Fund, to help ensure K-12 schools and institutions of higher education can continue to serve students as they respond to the coronavirus crisis.

  • Education Stabilization Fund: estimated $56.6 million for Washington out of $2.953 billion
  • Elementary and Secondary Education: estimated $216.9 million for Washington out of $13.229 billion total.

Hanford: Directions to the federal government to ensure tens of thousands of workers at the Hanford Nuclear Site and PNNL who cannot telework will continue to receive pay.

For more information, click here.

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Friday March 27, 2020

The Child Care COVID Communication, Response, and Referral Center is ready to support families seeking child care, child care providers needing up to date COVID information and safety supports, as well as employers needing child care options for their workforce.

Please call 1-800-446-1114. Our expanded call center will be able to serve callers immediately and in their home languages.

COVID Response and Referral - Chinese

COVID Response and Referral - English

COVID Response and Referral - Somali

COVID Response and Referral - Spanish

COVID Response and Referral - Vietnamese

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Wednesday March 25, 2020

The Child Care Aware of WA Family Center (statewide child care resource and referral call center), operated by Child Care Resources has been identified to serve as the statewide Child Care COVID Communication, Response, and Referral Center during the pandemic. We are currently working to scale our capacity to best meet the needs of our families, child care providers, and communities. We understand the need to have real time referral information available throughout the pandemic to best support first responders and at risk families to access care. For this purpose we are actively tracking child care openings and closures.

We have deployed a new cloud based phone and communication system that went live today. We will also have the ability to accept and respond to text messages directly through the 1-800-446-1114 number for the call center so providers can text us directly with current openings or closures. We may expand the use of the text function as we continue to learn more about child care community expanding needs through this crisis.

Early Achievers (EA) Coaches in King and Pierce will also be deployed to support the expanded response center to answer child care provider questions and to collect rapidly changing information from the field. They will also continue to support their regional EA child care sites to support child care providers to adapt care for children and their families throughout this crisis and to provide safety information for providers, their staff, and children and families they serve.

Click here to download the PDF

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Monday March 23, 2020

Governor Inslee announces "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order

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Monday March 23, 2020

Congress is considering a COVID-19 recovery package right now and families, communities, and business leaders across the state and country are calling on Washington's Congressional delegation to include significant funding for early learning. We need this investment to maintain our nation’s quality child care supply today and into the future. Share this letter, tag your elected leaders, and take action: https://mailchi.mp/childrensalliance/hb2556-yes-3152149

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Great story on KING 5 on our efforts to get urgently needed supplies to child care providers across WA who are running out of essentials like toilet paper & paper towels. Please share!
https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/child-care-centers-facing-supply-shortage-washington-state/281-7af4eed6-fdc8-412e-8f1b-979f06e5f74a

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Why is “social distancing” important?

Social distancing, or putting distance between yourself and others, helps reduce the spread of disease. Prohibiting events and large gatherings reduces the amount of close contact between people and reduces the chances of spreading disease. Many people who do get sick with COVID-19 will experience mild illness, but some people – particularly people over age 60 and those with underlying health conditions – may experience severe illness and require hospitalization. Taking these actions now will prevent overburdening the healthcare system so that people who need medical care can get it.

New resources:

Public Health has worked to develop guidance specific to different sectors and their needs.

Please note that many of these were developed with the original guidance for events smaller than 250 people. As of March 16, 2020, these now apply to events for fewer than 50 people.

For childcares
For retail businesses
For gatherings of children and youth
For faith-based organizations
For small events 
For homeless service providers

Misinformation about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to create fear and hostility that is hurting many of our communities impacted by inequities, particularly our Chinese and other Asian (and Pacific Islander) communities and unsheltered neighbors. This makes it harder to keep all of us healthy. COVID-19 does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, nationality, language, nor economic situation. King County will not tolerate hate and discrimination of any kind, and condemns the unfounded fear and hostility aimed toward our API and unsheltered communities. Let us remember that we are stronger together, particularly in slowing down the spread of COVID-19 and promoting our collective health and well-being. King County is striving to be a welcoming community for all – especially for those that face racism and xenophobia.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

As families navigate through school closures, here is a list of Student Lunch Support Programs offered by school districts in King and Pierce County.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

NAEYC: Child Care is Essential and Needs Emergency Support to Survive 

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Inslee announces statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars and expanded social gathering limits

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Public Health Recommendations on COVID-19