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Childcare, Respite, Community Engagement

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  • Washington
  • Child Care Check is a search tool for you to get information about individual child care providers and early learning programs in Washington.

  • Some families qualify for help to pay their family, friend or neighbor (FFN) child care. This is called a subsidy. Caregivers can be paid by the state for caring for children of eligible families. Caregivers paid by the state are called "in-home/relative providers."

  • Learn more about Child Care Subsidy Programs here.

  • Explore other child care options including:
    The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) offers many programs for parents affected by temporary situations such as loss of a job, and local school districts provide free preschool services for children with developmental delays.
    Crisis Nurseries: Families who are in crisis and in need of emergency child care for children ages 6 years and younger are able to access free crisis nursery care.

  • School-age care refers to all programs that operate before school, after school, and during the summer and holiday breaks. Structured time in a school-age program can offer children opportunities to make friends, develop relationships with adult role models, and build self-esteem and conflict resolution skills. Learn more here.

  • A community service organization that works with parents, child care providers, businesses, and community agencies to help promote the availability of high quality child care services in Walla Walla, Columbia, and Garfield Counties.

  • The children learn daily through experiences, structure, and routine while participating in activities including play, exploration, art, games, walks, music stories, relationship building, field trips, family events, and more to promote learning, social skill development, and school readiness.

  • Oregon
  • The Employment-Related Day Care program (ERDC) helps eligible low-income families pay for child care while they are working. ERDC is a subsidy program, meaning eligible families still pay part of the child care cost.

  • Search independently for a list of child care options online or connect with a 211 representative.

  • Oregon's Spark is a program that raises the quality and consistency of child care and early learning programs across the state. The Quality Rating System recognizes, rewards and builds on what early learning and development programs are already doing well. Search to find quality child care in your area.

Respite & Community Engagement

  • Carina is a free self-service website created to help connect clients receiving Medicaid funded home care with Individual Providers (IPs) who meet their needs and have been contracted through DSHS. Carina Care is available to clients, IPs, case managers, and Home Care Referral Registry coordinators in the state of Washington.

  • Community Guide and Community Engagement services are flexible, individually designed services to help individuals enrolled in DDA’s Basic Plus, Core, and Individual & Family Services waivers reach their goals. Follow this link to find contact information for Community Guides in your area.