Child Care Check

Child Care Check is a tool to help in the search for quality child care. Parents, families and others can get information about individual child care and early learning programs in Washington.

The information is collected by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) which licenses child care providers and facilities.

Child Care Check includes:

  • Licensed Child Care, ECEAP and Head Start programs
  • How long the provider has been licensed
  • How many children and the age ranges of the children the provider may care for
  • Current licensing status (i.e., non-expiring license, initial license, probationary license)
  • The name and contact information for the licensor
  • Information on valid complaint findings within the last six years
  • Background check status for the past three years
  • Routine licensing inspections and resulting compliance agreements as of July 1, 2011
  • Closed providers, whether suspended, revoked, etc.
  • Certified child care providers, which are providers who are exempt from being licensed but wish to show they meet state licensing requirements
  • Number of slots for ECEAP and Head Start programs
  • Whether the provider participates in Early Achievers, Washington’s quality rating and improvement system.
  • The provider’s Early Achievers rating and what that rating means
  • When available, a personalized statement, provided by an Early Achievers provider, highlighting unique qualities of their program
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