This page includes important information and resources for youth program and childcare providers during the COVID-19 crisis.
If you are a caregiver or first responder seeking immediate support with childcare, visit Childcare Aware of Washington.
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Help SOWA Support the Expanded Learning Field
We are calling on all Washington school-age childcare and youth development programs to fill out this brief questionnaire to help us understand your summer and fall programming plans, needs, and challenges. Please help us effectively advocate and support the field by submitting your information.Fill out the questionnaire
Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund
The Washington State Department of Commerce is partnering with School’s Out Washington to implement the Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund. This one-time investment will provide unrestricted funds to youth development programs that have stretched to support young people most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and furthest from educational justice.
We are working with the Department of Commerce to finalize funding criteria and award size, with input from stakeholders across the state. We will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) this month and expect to make awards in November 2020.
- UPDATED Washington State Department of Health guidance on reopening child care, expanded learning, youth development, and summer day camps.
- School-Community Partnerships for Students During COVID-19
- Washington state one-stop resource for questions, including unemployment, schools and childcare, what to do if you feel sick (in multiple languages), daily statistics, and lots more.
- DCYF updates
- King County guidance for child care centers
- King County Public Health updates
- Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department updates
- Washington State Department of Health updates
- Snohomish County Health Districts with a tab for childcare
SOWA COVID-19 Response
School’s Out Washington is hosting a 30-minute webinar every other Wednesday to discuss urgent issues and resources related to COVID-19 and the expanded learning field.
Next calls: Sept 16, Sept 30Add to your calendar
The program enables school districts to expand, remodel, purchase, or construct early learning facilities and classrooms necessary to support state-funded early learning opportunities. In order to apply, projects must create additional Early Childhood Education (ECEAP) and Assistance Programs and/or Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) capacity, or retain ECEAP and/or WCCC spaces at risk of being lost.
Grantees receiving less than $200,000 must commit to using the facility for the purposes of providing ECEAP and/or WCCC for a minimum of 10 years. Grantees receiving $200,000 or more must commit to using the facility for the purposes of providing ECEAP and/or WCCC for a minimum of 20 years.
Applications are due Aug 3, 2020.
N2N supports grassroots efforts in South Seattle, White Center, and Kent that increase the engagement, power, and influence of community members affected by poverty and racial disparities.
Grants up to $6,000 will be awarded, with priority to organizations led by people from under-invested communities, including Black, Indigenous, immigrant/refugee, and low-income communities.
Applications are due July 30.
For 2020, the Rapid Resource Fund will invest in community engagement efforts that advance youth, parents, and families of color and provide critical resources to organizations during the COVID pandemic. Grants in the range of $5,000-$20,000 will be awarded.
This detailed list shows myriad community foundations across the Northwest that are fundraising for and giving grants to nonprofits in response to COVID.