Early learning is a rapidly growing field thanks to recent research in brain science at the University of Washingon iLabs and the state of Washington’s connection with Harvard University’s Frontiers of Innovation.

The Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) is a national leader in the field. We strive to help create safe, healthy, nurturing learning experiences for all children in the state of Washington. Our work focuses on the earliest years in children’s homes, child care, school programs and communities. We offer information and resources for children's first and most important teachers—parents—as well as others who care for and teach young children.

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Washington State Department of Early Learning’s Professional Development

More information about how you can develop your skills as an early learning professional.

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Early Learning Resource Gallery at the Washington State Department of Early Learning

Resources to develop your skills as an early learning professional.

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Head Start

Head Start promotes school readiness of young children from low-income families. In particular, Head Start supports education, health, social and other services to aid in the development of children aged five and younger.

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Stackable Certificates

This document shows how the stackable certificates connect with each other, and also lists the points of contact at each community and technical colleges. Advisors may print this to use with their students.

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Thrive Washington

Thrive Washington creates opportunities for every child in our state to get a great start in life.

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State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC)

Washington’s community and technical colleges prepare nearly 400,000 students each year for careers, to transfer to four year colleges and universities, and with new skills for better lives.

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Child Care Aware of Washington

CCA of WA connects families to high-quality child care and early learning programs and supports child care providers who deliver it; provides scholarships for early learning professionals to enrich their expertise; and advocates for safe, high-quality child care for every child in Washington.

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State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

The primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in Washington State.

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