Early Learning Newsletter January 18th

Early Learning Update Week of January 18th

Each week I will send out an Early Learning Update email.  These are meant to be quick updates on any relevant items for the week including resources, Professional Development, new health department info and more

Items Covered:

  • Early Learning Parent and Staff Handbooks
  • Preschool Fairs – Parent Map Info
  • Early Learning Roundtable Series Thursday, January 21st from 4:00pm – 4:45pm
  • City of Seattle Licensed programs ONLY: Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning Child Care Stabilization Grant
  • Licensed ONLY: Upcoming DCYF Webinars


Please see this week’s professional development opportunities and news and bookmark the Early Learning Portal Page: https://mycatholicschool.org/for-catholic-schools/catholic-identity/early-learning/

Early Learning Parent and Staff Handbooks
If your program has a handbook (either Parent, Staff or both) that is specific to your Early Learning Program (not the K-8 handbook) would you be willing to email me a copy. I am gathering these handbooks to create templates for potential new programs and also to share with schools that do not have a specific handbook for just Early Learning. Thank you in advance for your willingness to share!

Preschool Fairs
I am attempting to put together a list of all of the In-person or virtual Preschool fairs or events that you have attended in the past to promote your programs. If you or your school’s admission/development staff have attended a fair or event in the past either in-person or virtually can you please pass on the information to me. Thank you!

Early Learning Program Roundtable Series Thursday, January 21st from 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Join other Early Learning Leaders from across the archdiocese for roundtable discussions on current relevant topics. We are hoping this can be a space each month to form community, share resources and learn from each other. The first topic will be “Classroom Centers and Social Distancing”. Please come to the Roundtable ready to share what you are doing to facilitate successful play centers while maintaining safety protocols for COVID-19.


SEATTLE LICENSED PROGRAMS ONLY: Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning Child Care Stabilization Grant

The City of Seattle has designated more than $2 million dollars for child care providers through the Child Care Stabilization Fund. Applications for grants will open January 15, 2021 and close January 27th by 11:59pm. Funding is available to licensed child care providers; family, friend, and neighbor caregivers; and school-age programs currently open and operating in Seattle.

Beginning January 15, 2021, providers can access the grant application by checking their email. Only eligible providers residing in Seattle City limits will receive an email invitation. The provider will click on the link to the grant application, where they will answer a few short questions including your business name, address, provider license ID number, and Unified Business Identifier (UBI).

The grant application is available online, and in pdf format, in English, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, Somali, and Spanish. The pdf application may be printed, completed, and submitted to grants@childcare.org – Please include your Washington State business license with Unified Business Identifier (UBI) or DCYF child care license and a completed and signed W-9.

Licensed ONLY: Upcoming DCYF Webinars

DCYF has released their Winter Webinar series and there is one that might be interesting. Please see for topic, date, time and registration info below.

  • Updates to DCYFtraining.com: Tuesday, January 19th at 6pm

Join us to see the latest updates made to DCYF Training. During this webinar, we’ll go over the following updates:

  • Enhancements made to the way you find training.
  • Customized training features based on your role.
  • Review the latest trainings available like Safe Sleep, Child Care Basics, and Enhancing Quality of Early Learning (EQEL).


Thank you and have a great week!