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Licensed family child care is an incredibly important resource for Washington's children. Unfortunately, the number of family child care providers is not growing with the state's need. Now, more than ever, Washington State needs a supportive career path for those interested in becoming licensed family child care providers. That's where Imagine U comes in. The Imagine Institute has designed a program that will prepare current licensed family child care providers to mentor aspiring child care providers as they prepare to open their own child cares. Together, state-approved mentors and Imagine U interns will grow the number of child care providers in our state.

Applications for this year's program are now open.


State-Approved Mentors Must:

  • Be an active licensed family child care provider
  • Care for a subsidized child and be within the SEIU 925 bargaining unit
  • Maintain a license in good standing
  • Meet the minimum education requirement
  • Find or be willing to be paired with an intern or interns

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How It Works

  • Attend an Imagine U Orientation
  • Match with an Imagine U intern
  • Successfully complete a Relationship-Based Professional Development course
  •  Help your intern assess their licensing readiness
  • Work a minimum of 20 hours per month with your intern
  • Meet quarterly with your peers to support one another as you help your interns progress
  •  Help your intern become licensed!
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