The Shared Services Hub provides robust and meaningful business supports, focusing on access to free and low-cost business expert consultation, peer mentor support, tools and software, and training. Shared Services helps increase personal and financial wellbeing, strengthen business and administrative practices, and develop leadership skills. Its multitiered approach provides supports both broadly and deeply, reflecting the varied level of support needs voiced by providers from within the field. In addition to these concrete supports and services, the Shared Services Hub fosters social connections between peers and reduces isolation.
All independent child care center directors throughout Washington State are eligible to join the Shared Services Hub.
Recognizing that providers have various levels of support needs, as well as desire for commitment, the Shared Services Hub offers two tracks of program engagement. The Discovery Track offers access to all business tools, support, and training opportunities without a set time commitment. This track is best suited for providers and directors who want a self-directed, flexible experience. The Connect Track offers everything included in the Discovery Track plus the additional support of belonging to a “Community of Care” with monthly meetings facilitated by a Lead Mentor.