Parents & Care Givers | King County Library System

Parents & Care Givers

King County Library System and all community libraries strive to provide safe and comfortable environments for people all ages. Even so, it is vital to remember that in libraries - as in any other public place - you must provide continuous supervision for your children to ensure their safety.

Early Learning at Your Library

Ready to Read
Five simple, yet powerful ways to prepare young children to become readers

Mobile library service to licensed childcare homes and centers

Books To Grow On
Borrow themed kits full of books to read aloud, CDs, DVDs, and other materials

Fiestas de Alfabetizacion Temprana en Espanol/ Early Literacy Parties in Spanish
Workshops made for Spanish-speaking families help prepare children for kindergarten

STARS Workshops
Free Early Childhood Education Workshops for Washington State Training and Registry System (STARS) credit

Tell Me a Story
Filmed fingerplays, songs, rhymes, and book suggestions from KCLS Children's Librarians.


Special Needs

Resources for Families of Children with Special Needs
Programs and Story Times that target developmental ages 3 to 6, as well as toddlers and special needs children who need to move

Recommended Websites

Child Care Aware of Washington State
Consumer education, training and technical assistance for parents, childcare providers, and employers in Washington State

Child Care Resources of King County
Information and referral assistance for childcare providers, families seeking child care, and businesses serving employee child care needs

Free Summer Meals
Find a site that provides free meals and snacks to children and teens during the summer months. All children and teens (18 years old and younger) are eligible for the program. No proof of income, address or citizenship is ever required.

Searchable, accredited childcare site directory from the nation's largest organization of early childhood professionals

School's Out Washington
Services and guidance for organizations providing out-of-school care and activities for children ages 5-14

Washington Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC)
Promotes interest, study, and action concerning the well-being and education of all young children, with an emphasis on ages birth through eight years old

Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL)
Information and resources for parents, educators, and childcare providers on selecting child care and state provider requirements

Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines
Guidelines for children from birth through third grade, from The Department of Early Learning

Zero to Three
A national, nonprofit organization dedicated to giving a healthy start and solid developmental foundation to children in their first three years