COVID Resources for Parents

The Department of Education and Early Learning continues to adapt to meet community needs caused by the COVID-19 crisis. General updates on our programs and resources are shared below.


Access to Child Care    

If you need infant or child care, you may be eligible for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). CCAP is open to qualifying families who live in Seattle and have working parents or a parent attending school. CCAP provides financial assistance to pay for child care services for children up to 13 years old. To learn more, please call us at 206-386-1050, email us at, or visit us online. 

For infant or child care outside Seattle, contact our partner Child Care Resources at 206-329-5544 or visit

There is no mandate for child care facilities to stay open under COVID-19. Child care providers are independent business owners, and are making their own decisions about whether to voluntarily close or open. DEEL encourages child care providers to make 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).  

Safety during COVID 

Child care facilities open to the public during COVID-19 are operating under guidance from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC). These include guidelines for socially distanced activities, daily health screenings, and increased frequency of sanitizing and disinfecting, among other health and safety measures.       

Additional Resources

The following organizations may be able to assist with access to diapers and other resources for your infant or toddler:      

For families experiencing housing instability:


DEEL is currently enrolling children for the Seattle Preschool Program 2020-2021 school year!


2020-2021 School Year

DEEL is currently enrolling children for the Seattle Preschool Program 2020-2021 school year! We are monitoring COVID-19 trends locally, and will adjust our plans to re-open preschool according to updated information from Governor Inslee and Public Health.    

Do you have questions about what preschool will look like this fall?

SPP staff and partners held an online Parent Q & A Event on Monday, August 31. Watch the video replay to learn about changes to SPP for the 2020-2021 school year, including public health guidance for in-person preschools, tuition reductions, and our three programming options (in-person, remote, and hybrid) 

Preschool Home Learning Resources

DEEL's team of Early Learning Coaches has developed engaging educational activities to support family-directed learning in the home, with easy tips and developmentally appropriate strategies.

Click for Home Learning Resources for young learners.


Educational Resources

  • Seattle Public Schools: For the latest on Seattle Public Schools plans for fall remote learning, visit the SPS web page.  
  • Seattle Public Library:  The Seattle Public Library has a collection of resources to help students of all ages who will be learning remotely this fall. Check the SPL website for more information on early learning, elementary, and teen resources.  


  • Seattle Public Schools has expanded student meal support to 40 hub schools during school closures. Sack lunches can be picked up for all Seattle Public Schools students Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Visit the SPS website for more information