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The City of Seattle provides a variety of educational offerings and support for early learning providers and teachers who work at Step Ahead and ECEAP preschool sites as well as child care centers and homes serving children from birth to age 12 that are contracted with the HSD Comprehensive Child Care Program. HSD provides Families and Education Levy and General Fund funding to organizations that offer workshops, on-site consultation and technical assistance. HSD also partners with Seattle Public Schools through the Seattle PreK-3rd Initiative to provide joint professional development opportunities for schools and early learning/afterschool staff.

2012-2013 Funded Agencies and Programs

  • Child Care Resources provides training, technical assistance, on-site consultation, licensing and accreditation support for early learning providers.
  • Schools Out Washington provides on-site consultation and technical assistance to providers using the Youth Programs Quality Assessment (YPQA) as well as webinars, classes and community workshops for HSD-contracted school-age care providers and Seattle Parks and Recreation’s ARC afterschool programs.
  • College Credit Scholarships are available for a limited time for early learning providers and teachers who work at Step Ahead, ECEAP and CCCP preschool sites. For more information, please contact your program director or your HSD Education Specialist.
  • College Credits-Child Care Resources and Seattle Central Community College offer comprehensive scholarships to early childhood professionals who are seeking an Associates Degree in early childhood education at community and technical colleges. Funds are provided for tuition and some student support fees (books, travel stipends, etc).
  • Chinese Information and Service Center, Neighborhood House, and Southshore K-8 School provide training and technical support to Family, Friend and Neighbor Care Providers.


For more information about Seattle Human Services Department-funded services for children and families, call 206-386-1017 or e-mail

For more information about our partners, similar programs, and accreditation, contact:

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

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