Child Care Resources

We Envision a Child Care Ecosystem with Ample Consistent and Responsive Child Care that Safely Meets the Needs of Our Youngest Community Members

Nothing like a pandemic to bring home how necessary it is for communities to have strong, resilient child care ecosystems! Clallam County is home to 20 child care centers, 21 family home child cares, 5 out-of-school-time care programs, and more than a dozen preschools, playgroups, and co-ops. COVID-19 found them pivoting like superheroes, under the most stressful of conditions. When our schools shut down, the child care profession shape-shifted to accommodate more kids, of different ages, at different times, on varying days.

Long before the pandemic, though, the Country, including Clallam County, was feeling the tension of a profession stretched to its limit. We were already at the place where parents could not afford to pay more for child care (most Washington parents pay more for a year of child care than for a year at one of our state universities) and child care providers could not afford to make less (the average worker in a child care center is working at the 3rd percentile of Washington’s wage range). Our whole child care world had zero degrees of freedom left, well before the pandemic.

During the pandemic we learned that effective communication lines, accurate information about resources, and master-level problem-solving skills saved the day for a lot of child care providers, and families with children. As we emerge from the pandemic, the Country has changed: there is widespread understanding that child care and young families need support. Washington State has new legislation to do just that and national legislators are working in similar ways to address the “big system” changes that will help.

Here at home, we understand the need to be prepared to identify and incorporate those supports that are coming from legislation as well as to act swiftly to do the “local system” changes that will further support child care providers and families. That’s the space out of which NOCCA was born. The North Olympic Child Care Alliance is a loosely organized group of providers and allies working to support this ecosystem that is so critical for the consistent care and development of our children.

Please join us in our on-line engagement site–another thing we learned during the pandemic about finding new ways to “meet”–to learn more about local child care, discuss problem-solving efforts, tell some stories about the magic of child care for inspiration, and work together for a stronger child care world here in Clallam County. Thank you for engaging!


Grant coming in March 2022 for Early Learning Facilities

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FEB. 3, 2022
Funding opportunity for licensed child care providers coming in March

Grants will be available for minor renovations and small capital purchases
Commerce’s Early Learning Facilities (ELF) program will open a new funding round for eligible child care providers in early March.

Grants are for minor renovations to existing buildings used by child care providers licensed or certified by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) on or before January 1, 2020.

Grant details: Family homes, child care centers, and K-12 school districts are all eligible to apply.
Grant funds may be used for minor renovations and small capital purchases.
All work must be performed by licensed and bonded contractors.
The grants are intended to support child care providers so that they can maintain or expand operations during and after the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Specific allowable capital project costs will be listed in the Program Guidelines.

Important updates:
Unlike previous ELF funding rounds, providers do not need to increase their number of spaces to apply.
Previous ELF awardees are eligible to apply in this funding round, as long as this scope of work is different from a previous ELF award.

Save the date! Informational webinar Feb. 28

Monday, Feb. 28, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Commerce will host an application webinar covering eligible grant costs, program requirements, eligible organizations and instructions on how to submit an application through ZoomGrants.We will also reserve time for questions at the end of the presentation.

REGISTER NOW: Complete Program Guidelines, FAQs and the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) will be posted online soon and shared to this mailing list. Please continue to check our website and stay subscribed to the mailing list mailing list to be notified as soon as these materials are released.

Questions? Contact earlylearningfacilities@commerce.wa.gov

LEARN MORE


Know Your Child Care Options: Choices, Costs, & Assistance – https://www.moneygeek.com/family/resources/childcare-choices-costs-and-assistance/ 

PREVENTION WORKS!

Prevention Works! is a community coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County. Their vision is that all children of Clallam County will thrive. Visit their website for available Child Care, News & Events by Clicking Here


Child Care Aware

Child Care Aware host the Child Care Check, Washington State’s licensed child care status and record data base. Search providers and find out background check statuses, licensing history, monitoring reports and more!


ARE YOU INTERESTED IN WORKING IN CHILD CARE?

Click here to read about the Child Care crisis in Clallam County.


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