Child Care Aware of Washington

COVID-19 Impact

The child care sector in Washington was heavily impacted by the pandemic. A NAEYC survey found that 24% of licensed child care programs have temporarily closed, 44% of the child care workforce has been laid off or furloughed, and 64% of child care programs have experienced at least a 50% decrease in income. Since K-12 schools were closed, there was a significant increase in calls seeking child care, specifically family child care.

Emergency Fund

With the support of Home Grown, Child Care Aware of Washington will provide $200 grocery store gift cards to 450 caregivers who need some extra financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic. These grocery awards will relieve one major source of stress for awarded caregivers and allow them to focus on delivering care and accessing the community resources and developmentally appropriate materials they need.

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Advancing a Coherent and Sustainable System

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Introducing the Leading from Home Provider Leaders

Home Grown is pleased to introduce the cohort of incredible provider leaders in our Leading from Home initiative. The Leading from Home initiative launched in February 2021 with the goal of identifying and supporting provider leaders leading grassroot networks in their communities. Home Grown created Leading from Home with the belief that it is critical to engage providers and parents in policy change and to support the leadership of providers and their ability to influence policy and systems.
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Supporting and Strengthening FFN Care

Half of all families whose children who are in non-parental care choose and use family, friend and neighbor (FFN) child care, and yet this is the least supported aspect of the child care and early learning sector. Read Home Grown's recommendations for supporting and strengthening FFN care, providing critical support for children, families and caregivers.