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Message From OSPI Regarding Emergency Childcare
Heidi Wells
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Families are encouraged to keep their children home, but there are many who will be called
upon to provide essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools may not be able to
accommodate care for all who need it. Schools also may not be able to provide care during the
hours that some essential workers will need it.

Families needing child care should visit the Child Care Aware of Washington Family
Center website or to call 1-800-446-1114.

Child Care Aware is tracking available child care across the state. Given the evolving landscape of COVID-19, contacting Child Care Aware is the quickest way for families to get referred to care that is open and available, including extended hour and weekend care options.