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 voluntary 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 operate using guidance from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC). 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.       

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.    


Educational Resources

  • Seattle Public Schools Summer of Learning: Summer learning programs for Seattle Public Schools students will operate virtually from July 6 - August 7, 2020. Visit SPS's Summer Learning page for information on elementary, middle, and high school programs.  
  • Seattle Public Library Summer of Learning:  Seattle Public Library offers summer reading and learning programs for children of all ages. Visit the SPL website for more information on early learning, elementary, and teen reading programs.  


Breakfast and Lunch

  • 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. Updates for SPS summer meal support will be posted soon.   
  • The City of Seattle is providing free breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for children ages 1-18 through our Summer Food Service Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program will run from July 1 through August 21, 2020. Use the Summer Meals Search Tool to find a meal distribution site in your area.