Child Care Business Supports

Child care providers play a critical role in the lives of children and families in Washington state. DCYF is excited to offer resources that help child care providers focus on the health of their businesses.

Business Start Up Series

DCYF's Business Start Up Series is for child care and Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) providers applying for their initial license and/or meeting program requirements. Learn more below:

The series is provided in English, Spanish or Somali and includes the following:

The series is offered in multiple formats, allowing learners to choose their preferred learning style. More on each below:


Coming Soon! We are working to make the entire series available online, including the creation of helpful resources to assist providers plan necessary courses for their role(s). We appreciate your patience. 



  • Available for Subsidy Billing and Electronic Attendance System Trainings.
  • Available for the following roles: 
    • Licensed Family Homes
    • Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) Providers
  • To request a self-paced packet, visit The Imagine Institute self-paced packet request form.

Individuals who need assistance accessing training, and/or putting their learning into practice, have additional support available via:

  • Phone
  • In-Person
  • Video Conferencing
  • Email

To access technical assistance services, contact The Imagine Institute Technical Assistance team at 206-492-5249, or email

Early Achievers Business Supports

Additional Training Opportunities 

The Imagine Institute connects licensed family child care providers and child care center directors to resources to help you run and grow your business, build bonds with fellow providers, and access expert advice.