Child Care

  • Choosing the right child care can be a very difficult decision for a parent.  Quality care is key to brain development of young children.  Babies’ brains grow and develop every day, forming connections that will determine a lifetime of skills and potential.  
  • There are thousands of child care centers and care homes in Washington State.  Those which have been licensed by the state have the following benefits:
    • Criminal background checks on staff
    • Child care training
    • First-aid training
    • CPR training
    • Health and safety checks of facilities.  
What You Can Do
  • SNAP has a Homeless Childcare Program to help homeless families with free childcare for up to 90 days as they seek permanent housing, employment, and/or attend appointments. Please call (509) 624-4282 for an appointment. This service is located at the SNAP Homeless Services office. 

  • Licensed Child Care.  Learn about licensed child care in our area.  
Washington State Child Care Resource and Referral Center

Washington State Child Care Aware
(800) 446-1114

Family Care Resources can help parents find child care, including subsidized care for low income families.
For online child care referral - Child Care Aware of Washington:
Fax: (206) 461-3726, ATTN: CCA Family Center
  • For local resource and referral agency services, call 1-800-446-1114.   
You will be referred to a local contact person who can answer questions about how to choose care.  You can also learn about licensed providers in our area, how to get information on complaints and licensing violations, and any financial assistance programs available to your family, if you qualify.  
  • Review the Washington State licensing and complaint history of child care providers. 
    Call 1-866-482-4325 for the licensing status of a provider,
    or visit

  • Visit several sites before choosing one for your child.  Some of the questions to ask care providers are: 
    • Is the provider licensed by the state to care for children? (Ask to see the license.)
    • What are the hours of operation, and vacation coverage?
    • Are meals and snacks provided?
    • How many children are there for each adult?
    • What training and education has the caregiver received?
    • Can the provider meet your child’s individual needs? 
Local Organizations
Additional Resources

Child Care Aware of WA - Resource/Referral
CCA of Eastern WA
25 W Main, Ste 310
Spokane, WA
Parent Hotline: 1-800-446-1114 

DSHS Child Care Application

Family Care Resources
(509) 484-0048

Head Start / ECAP Administration
(509) 533-4800

SNAP's Homeless Childcare

(509) 624-4282