Child Care

Welcome to the Whitman College Child Care Resource and Referral webpage.  Whether you are new to the Walla Walla area or new as a parent, resources are available to assist you in finding child care to best fit your family's needs.  Below lists a sampling of various resources available to you:

  • How to choose the best child care for your child
  • Comparisons between the different types of child care available
  • What to look for when visiting and evaluating a child care center/home
  • Interview questions for in-home caregivers
  • Licensing regulations for center and home based care
  • Connection with local agency for finding availability
  • Parent/Family Resources available in the Walla Walla Valley

To arrange for an individual consultation, please contact Jennifer Casper in the President's Office at (509) 527-5132, casperja@whitman.edu. 

In 2010 the Whitman College Care Work ad hoc Working Group was formed to assess the needs for and availability of care weork - including child care, elder care and long-term care.  The primary assessment tool was a survey tat focused mainly on child care, but it also touched on the long-germ and elder care needs of Whitman staff and faculty.  The results of this survey can be viewed in Care Work Survey 2011.

Helpful Links:

The Mom's Network
http://themomsnetworkww.com
The Mom's Network webpage provides families in the Walla Walla Valley with information on local family-friendly events, resources, businesses, news and an interactive message board for connecting with other parents in the area.

Walla Walla Community College Resource & Referral (WWCC R&R)
http://www.wwcc.edu/CMS/index.php?id=903
WWCC R& R provides parents with referrals to licensed child care providers as well as information on evaluating child care, understanding child development and other parenting issues.

Department of Early Learning
http://www.del.wa.gov
The Division of Child Care and Early Learning licenses and regulates child care homes and centers in the state of Washington.  This website offer information and resources for children's first and most important teachers-parents-as well as others who care for and teach young children.

Child Care Aware
http://www.childcareaware.org/
Child Care Aware is a non-profit initiative committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child care and child care resources in their community.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
http://www.naeyc.org/
NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.  The local chapter is the Blue Mountain Association for the Education of Young Children: http://www.bmaeyc.org  and the Washington State organization is: www.waeyc.org.

The National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC)
http://www.nccic.org/
NCCIC is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that provides comprehensive child care information.  Examples of documents available through NCCIC are listed below:

  • Child Care Information for Families (PDF)  This resource guide provides information for families and others seeking child care, including answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about child care.