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Requirements have changed for all providers accepting Working Connection Child Care subsidies. It is required to track attendance using an electronic attendance system. This applies to child care centers, family home child care providers, and Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) providers.
Over half of Washington State residents live in a child care desert. Child care has a $1.7 billion dollar impact on Washington’s economy and can be the single biggest monthly expense for some families. It exceeds the average cost of in-state college tuition in more than half of states in the U.S.
Quality child care is a good investment. Low-income children who have access to high quality child care are less likely to be held back, referred to special education, incarcerated and more likely to graduate high school, and attend college.
The Imagine Institute trains, educates, and is building a community of professionals and licensed providers to help with this child care crisis. See Imagine’s stats below or visit OUR IMPACT PAGE HERE.
The Imagine Institute helped open 212 child care facilities.
We provided high quality instruction to 2,543 child care providers throughout Washington State.
Imagine has provided training to 1,535 licensed family child care providers.
The Imagine Institute has distributed 160,868 substitute relief time since 2017.
The Imagine Institute is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Tukwila, WA, providing grassroots professional development opportunities to early care and education professionals throughout Washington State. We offer a variety of groundbreaking programs that provide supports to child care center workers, licensed family child care providers, and Family, Friend, and Neighbor caregivers. All Imagine programs are built on the core tenants of relationship-based professional development and the belief that a providers’ years of experience translate to valuable knowledge and skill. Our professional development supports are culturally-responsive, respectful of provider skills and knowledge, and accessible to those already working long hours for insufficient pay. The Imagine Institute staff speak Spanish, English and Somali and 50% of our employees have worked as licensed family child care providers or lead teachers in child care centers. Our goal is to elevate the conditions of this profession while maintaining its incredible diversity.