Orientation

Family Home Child Care Licensing Orientations

Family home child care licensing orientations occur in two phases:

Phase one

Those interested in becoming family home child care providers must view an hour-long online presentation about family home child care licensing in Washington state.

At the end of the presentation, you will be instructed to complete and print a post-orientation questionnaire. You will also be given the next steps to prepare for phase two.

The orientation process to become licensed will be changing in spring, 2019. We understand the current video content is outdated; please be patient as we complete our work on this. Reach out to your local Early Learning & Child Care Licensing office if you have questions.

  • Family Home Child Care Licensing Application:  English | Spanish
  • Post Orientation Questionnaire: English

Phase two

Contact the licensing office in your area for an in-person appointment. The outcome of that meeting determines whether you are able to proceed with becoming licensed.

What to bring with you:

  • Your completed post-orientation questionnaire

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IMPORTANT! DCYF no longer requires individuals to bring a complete license application and fees to Phase Two orientation. At Phase Two, you'll receive additional information about licensing rules and processes that will help you determine if you want to move forward with becoming a licensed child care provider.

Note: DCYF accepts complete application packets only. If required items are missing from the application packet, it will be returned to you as incomplete. The list of items to submit is included in the application instructions.

Child Care Centers and School-Age Programs

People who are interested in becoming licensed to operate a child care center or school-age program must attend an in-person orientation, which are held around the state, in English and in Spanish. To reserve a spot, call the DCYF Early Learning office listed with the orientation you would like to attend.

Office Child Care Center Orientations
Aberdeen

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Class location:
415 W. Wishkah Street, Suite 2C
Aberdeen, WA 98520

To register, call 360.407.1992

Bellevue

March 12, 2019 School Age 10am-2pm
April 10, 2019 Center 9am-1pm
October 9, 2019 School Age 10am-2pm

Class location:
805 156th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98007

To register, call 425.590.3100

Bellingham / Mt. Vernon

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

February 4, 2019
May 30, 2019
August 29, 2019

Class location:
4101 Meridian Street
Oak Room
Bellingham, WA 98226

To register, call 360.714.4118

Bremerton

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

February 14, 2019  School Age / Center
June 20, 2019  School Age / Center
August 22, 2019  School age / Center
December 19, 2019  School Age / Center

Class Location: 
Olympic ESD 114
105 National Avenue N.
Bremerton, WA 98312

To register, call 253.983.6402

Everett

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

July 17, 2018
October 16, 2018

Class location:
4710 196th St SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036

To register, call 425.740.6871

Kelso

See Vancouver

To register, call 360.993.7946

Olympia

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

January 22, 2019
March 5, 2019 School Age Only
April 24, 2019
July 23, 2019
September 24, 2019 School Age Only
October 22, 2019

Class location:
505 Union Ave. SE
Republic Building, Suite 200
Olympia, WA 98504

To register, call 360.407.1992

Renton

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

January 15, 2019 at PSESD*
February 19, 2019 at PSESD*
March 27, 2019 at PSESD*
April 23, 2019 at Embry Riddle Aeronautics**
May 21, 2019 at PSESD*
July 24, 2019 at Embry Riddle Aeronautics**
August 13, 2019 at Embry Riddle Aeronautics** School Age Only 10am-2pm
August 21, 2019 at Embry Riddle Aeronautics**
September 18, 2019 at Embry Riddle Aeronautics**
November 13, 2019 at Embry Riddle Aeronautics**

Class location:
*PSESD building
800 Oakesdale Ave SW
Renton, WA 98057

**Embry Riddle Aeronautics
1000 Oakesdale Ave SW
Renton, WA 98057

To register, call 425.917.7949

Silverdale

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

August 16, 2018
December 13, 2018

Class location:
Olympic ESD 114
105 National Ave. N.
Bremerton, WA 98312

To register, call: (360) 698-4388

Spokane

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

January 10th, 2019
April 11th, 2019
July 18th, 2019
October 10th, 2019

Class location:
ESD 101/Conference Center
4202 S. Regal Street
Spokane, WA 99223

To register, call 509.789.3820

Tacoma

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

January 17, 2019  Center
March 14, 2019  School Age
May 16, 2019  Center
July 19, 2019  Center

Class location:
1949 S. State Street, Room 195
Tacoma, WA 98405

To register, call 253.983.6400

Tri-Cities

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Center & School-Age Orientation

February 5, 2019
May 14, 2019
September 10, 2019  School Age
November 12, 2019   

Class location:
ESD 123
3918 West Court Street
Lewis & Clark Room
Pasco, WA 99301
Blue Mountain Room

To register, call 509.544.5705

Vancouver

February 5, 2019, 10am-2pm School Age
April 2, 2019, 9am-4pm Center
June 4, 2019, 9am-4pm Center
August 6, 2019, 10am-2pm School Age
October 8, 2019, 9am-4pm Center
December 3, 2019, 9am-4pm Center

Class location:
907 Harney St.
Vancouver, WA 98660

To register, call 360.993.7946

Wenatchee

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

February 5, 2019
May 7, 2019
August 6, 2019
November 13, 2019

Class location:
805 S. Mission St.
Wenatchee, WA 98801

To register, call 509.665.5289

Yakima

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • January 10, 2019
  • May 23, 2019
  • June 6, 2019
  • November 7, 2019

Class location:
111 S. 2nd Avenue, Yakima Room
Yakima, WA 98902

To register, call 509.834.6847