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While a career educating and caring for children is incredibly rewarding, the process of becoming a licensed family child care provider is often intimidating. Because of this, the Imagine Institute has created Imagine U, a program designed to help individuals as they prepare to open a licensed child care business.

Be part of the movement to increase access to warm, supportive, and quality child care to Washington's children. Become a licensed family child care provider!


  • Get matched with an experienced licensed family child care provider-mentor
  • Earn money while gaining on-the-job experience
  • Attend free training
  • Complete 8 Licensing Milestones that will prepare you for success
  • Receive financial support to complete all lead teacher requirements
  • Gain access to a library of business resources:
    • Budget templates
    • Financial worksheets
    • Template contracts & policies 
  • Open a successful licensed family child care business
  • Receive a $4,000 grant to invest in your business upon successful completion of the program

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Intern Requirements

  • Complete the following online training:
    • Infant Safe Sleep
    • Mandated Reporter Training
  • Complete the following three in-person classes:
    • Child Care Basics
    • CPR First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens
    • Intern Orientation
  • Commit to opening a licensed family child care and serving children on subsidy

We'll help you complete all intern requirements for FREE.

The Imagine Institute

The Imagine Institute