The Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition provides a way for people and programs to work together in a coordinated way toward a common goal for children. Child care providers are a part of the early learning system, playing an important role in the early development of children. Below are helpful links pertaining to child care providers.
- Child Care Aware
Child Care Aware© is the nation’s most respected hub of information for parents and child care providers. A program of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), Child Care Aware® helps families learn more about the elements of quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. Child Care Aware® also provides child care providers with access to resources for their child care programs. Our toll-free hotline is staffed by highly-trained and friendly Child Care Consumer Education Specialists who offer both parents and providers invaluable information about child care, and referrals to local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies where they can receive individualized assistance. The Child Care Aware® website is one of the most visited and trusted destinations for parents seeking child care. By providing reliable information about quality child care and referrals to community resources, Child Care Aware® is a critical national link between parents and child care providers.
- Department of Early Learning*
Washington State’s governmental institution that strives to help create a safe, healthy, nurturing learning experience for all WA children. Information is available for parents and those who teach young children. DEL is finalizing the state’s Guidelines for early learning for 2012 and sets standards for program and funding alignment across the state. Key partner with ThrivebyFive.
- National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
Our nation’s leading voice for childcare. Leads projects that increase the quality and availability of childcare professionals, undertake research, and advocate childcare policies that positively impact children and families.|
State training requirements for child care providers, called STARS, have been in place since 1999. STARS training can be found by searching on MERIT, Washington’s online tool for managing training and education.