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Child Care Aware Program Is A 'Godsend' For Parents

Darci Hedden of Selah tried unsuccessfully for two months to find quality child care for her twin babies, Max and Ava. Some child care centers were full. Others had space for only one of her twins...





The mission of Child Care Aware of Central Washington is to ensure the success of children within our local communities. We do this by supplying valuable information about licensed child care providers to parents and caregivers. Additionally, we assist child care providers by offering professional training and scholarships along with an abundance of resources.

Beyond supporting families and caregivers, we help shape policies as well as promote the education and development of children through a strong network of community collaboration.

Are you looking for safe, affordable child care?

As a parent you want the very best for your child. That's why choosing child care may well be the single most important decision you'll ever make so it's important to become an informed consumer of child care. Finding the right caregiver for your child means thinking about the needs of both your child and the family when deciding if a particular setting meets those needs.

Call 1-800-446-1114 or visit for a free, customized list of licensed child care programs that can meet your child care needs!


Early Achievers helps child care providers

High-quality child care helps children get ready for success in kindergarten and beyond. Early Achievers, Washington's Quality Rating and Improvement System, is a voluntary program for helping licensed child care providers offer high-quality care.

Early Achievers has now rolled out in our complete region of Central Washington. As of August 2013, there are over 200 licensed child care providers in our region participating in the program! Click here to read more about Early Achievers












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Contact Information

Jan Thoemke
Director, Child Care Aware of Central WA

5301 Tieton Dr. ste C
Yakima, WA 98908
(509) 965-7109
(509) 966-9750 fax
 Mon - Fri 8 AM to 5 PM
145 Worthen
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 664-7350
(509) 663-3182 fax
Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm

Child Care Referrals

 Available five days a week.