Our Mission

The Imagine Institute is a nonprofit organization headquartered in King County, 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 provider’s 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, often for low 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.