COVID Resources for Parents

The Department of Education and Early Learning continues to adapt to meet community needs caused by the COVID-19 crisis. General updates on our programs and resources are shared below.


Access to Child Care    

If you need infant or child care, you may be eligible for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). CCAP is open to qualifying families who live in Seattle and have working parents or a parent attending school. CCAP provides financial assistance to pay for child care services for children 0-12 years old. To learn more, please call us at (206) 386-1050, email us at, or visit us online. 

For infant or child care outside Seattle, contact our partner Child Care Resources at (206) 329-5544 or visit

Safety during COVID 

Child care facilities open to the public during COVID-19 are operating under guidance from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC). These include guidelines for socially distanced activities, daily health screenings, and increased frequency of sanitizing and disinfecting, among other health and safety measures.       

Additional Resources

The following organizations may be able to assist with access to diapers and other resources for your infant or toddler:      

For families experiencing housing instability:


DEEL is currently enrolling children for the Seattle Preschool Program 2021-2022 school year!


Preschool Home Learning Resources

DEEL's team of Early Learning Coaches has developed engaging educational activities to support family-directed learning in the home, with easy tips and developmentally appropriate strategies.

Click for Home Learning Resources for young learners.


  • Seattle Public Schools: For the latest on Seattle Public Schools 2021-2022 school year, visit the SPS Resources page.  
  • Seattle Public Library:  The Seattle Public Library has a collection of resources to help students of all ages. Check the SPL website for more information on early learning, elementary, and teen resources.  


  • Seattle Public Schools is committed to providing meal service to students. If you have questions about this program, please call (206) 252-0675 or visit the SPS Student Meals page.

Education and Early Learning

Dwane Chappelle, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94665, Seattle, WA, 98124-6965
Phone: (206) 233-5118
Phone Alt: Childcare and Preschool: (206) 386-1050
Fax: (206) 386-1900

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