COVID Resources for Parents

On March 13, Governor Jay Inslee ordered all schools in Washington state to close in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus across our state. On April 6, this closure was extended through the remainder of the school year.  

We know these closures have significant impacts for many families in our community. DEEL has been working to stand up emergency child care for first responders and essential personnel and adapting student supports for school-age children.  

DEEL is committed to supporting the children and parents who benefit from our programs. The future is uncertain, but through our CCAP program, SPP and Pathway, and our many K-12 and post-secondary efforts, DEEL remains focused on its mission and our community     

Child Care Frequently Asked Questions

General Child Care 

Q: I need child care to go to work. With the extended school closures, what are my options?
A: The City of Seattle is currently offering the following child care options: 
The Emergency Child Care (ECC) program is available to essential personnel and families experiencing housing instability. For more information on ECC, click here. If you are not eligible for the ECC program or you need infant or toddler care or care outside Seattle, contact our partner Child Care Resources at 206-329-5544 or visit their website

The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) is also an option for qualifying families living in Seattle who have working parents or a parent attending school. For more information about CCAP eligibility and how to receive financial assistance to pay for child care services for children up to 13 years old, visit our CCAP page:       

Q: Is it safe for my child to go to child care during the coronavirus pandemic? 
A:  Childcare facilities operating under COVID-19 have been given new guidelines by Public Health - Seattle & King County and Washington Department of Health. These include guidelines for smaller group sizes, social distancing, daily health screenings, and increased frequency of sanitizing and disinfecting, among other health and safety measures.     

Q: Are child care facilities mandated to stay open during COVID-19? 
A: No, there is no mandate for child care facilities to stay open. Governor Inslee designated child care businesses and workers as essential and exempt from the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order; however, child care providers are not under a mandate to stay open or to close.

Because child care providers are independent business owners, decisions such as a voluntary closure during a health outbreak are decisions each facility makes on their own. DEEL is encouraging child care administrators to make these decisions in consideration of the latest information and recommendations distributed from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC).

Q: I need help with diapers and other resources for my baby. Where can I go? 
A:  Following are organizations that may be able to assist you with diapers and other resources for your infant or toddler:

For families experiencing housing instability:

Home Learning

Q: Where can I find information on home learning resources and supports? 
A: Please visit Seattle Public Schools' learning resources web page for information on home learning support. Additional resources can also be found on the Mayor's COVID-19 Community Resources page.   

Q: Is meal support provided to families during COVID-19? 
A: Yes. Seattle Public Schools has 26 schools serving as a hub for student meal support during school closures. These schools will provide sack lunches for all Seattle Public Schools students Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., for the duration of the school closure. Visit the SPS website for more information.     

SPP and CCAP   

Q: My child is enrolled in the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP). Is this program still open? 
A: If you have a child enrolled in SPP, please check with your provider to see if their facility is open. If your facility is closed, please see the options available to you on this FAQ page.

Q: I applied to the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) for next school year. Will SPP be open in September?
A: We are currently enrolling children for SPP for next school year.  We will adjust our plans according to updated information from Governor Inslee and Public Health. 

Q: My child family participates in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Is this program still in operation under COVID-19? 
A: If you have a child enrolled in SPP, please check with your provider to see if their facility is open. If your facility is closed, please see the options available to you on this FAQ page.