Bright By Text

Care for a young child?

Bright by Text is for anyone who cares for and loves a child, prenatally through age 8: parents, parents-to-be, grandparents, babysitters, aunties, uncles, neighbors, friends, teachers, and more.

Bright by Text can help!

We send free text messages with easy, practical tips and activities right to your cell phone. Our content comes from trusted partners like PBS and Sesame Street. Messages are targeted to your child’s age and include information on development, language and early literacy, health and safety, behavioral tips, and more.

Sign up here:

We only ask for your child’s birth date and zip code. That way, you’ll get messages timed to their exact age and information about local events and resources. We will never share your info! Bright by Text is completely free, but message and data rates may apply.

Below are links to graphics that can be used to promote Bright by Text! Families can use the keyword “Bright” or they can use “Skagit.” Either way, they will get localized messages according to their zip code!

Meet Little Monster

NAMI announces the release of “Meet Little Monster,” a mental health coloring and activity book created for young children as a tool for them to express and explore their feelings in a fun, creative and empowering way, as well as to help foster dialogue between children and the safe adults in their lives.

Milestone Checklist

Milestones matter! How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about his or her development. Check the milestones your child has reached by 2 months. Take this with you and talk with your child’s doctor at every well-child visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.

To View a PDF Version of the Milestone Checklist Click here

To Download to App and View Instructions Click Here

A Program for Parents of Preschoolers

When (Choose from one of two upcoming sessions)

Session 1: Mondays and Thursdays 6pm – 7:30pm Starting Feb. 15 (first class is on a Tuesday due to Valentines Day) through March 31

Session 2: Mondays and Thursdays 6Pm – 7:30pm starting April 11 through May 26

WHERE: Online via Zoom

AUDIENCE: Parents and Caregivers of children ages 1-4

COST: Free

CONTACT: Kristy Southhard

Phone 360-854-7168

Parenting is both rewarding and challenging!  The Incredible Years program works over 14 weeks to develop the knowledge and skills for parents to bring out the best in their kids and family!

In the Parents and Toddlers Basic Program, parents learn how to:

  • Help their toddlers feel loved and secure
  • Encourage their toddler’s language, social, and emotional development.
  • Establish clear and predictable routines.
  • Handle separations and reunions.
  • Use positive discipline to manage misbehavior.

For more information on Incredible Years®, visit

Safe Families for Children


Are you experiencing a crisis? Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed?
Do you need some time to get back on your feet? Could you use a family and friend support network?
If you said ‘yes’ to any of these questions…
Safe Families for Children can help!

What is Safe Families for Children?
Our compassionate volunteers provide a Safe Home for your
Children to stay in, while you work on becoming more stable.

Call Olivecrest’s Hotline: 1-877-341-7332


Free Vision Screening Clinic

Cascadia Eye’s vision clinic staff, Cascadia Eyewear frames and Eyewitness Missions services, as well as many other medical professionals around our area will be teaming up to provide these services. 

The goal is to serve those who are under-insured, not insured, or have extreme financial difficulty. The screening exam will include a very short history, uncorrected vision, intraocular pressure check, refraction and then a glasses fitting for those who need them. People should call the direct reservation line quickly to make an appointment: 360-755-3845. Spots will fill quickly.

The Parallel Journeys of Fathers and Their Children

The Parallel Journeys of Fathers and Their Children is part of a learning series from the Washington Fatherhood Council. During this event, you will explore the developmental, emotional, and relational journeys of babies/young children and their fathers during the early years. You will reflect on how men are prepared and supported in becoming and being fathers, and how these experiences impact father-child relationships. 

February 10, 2022 at 11:30am via Zoom.

To learn more about this event and to register, click here.

CCR Great Starts Newsletter + Event Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2021 CCR Seeds of Change Annual Event

Child Care Resources is excited to announce the launch of registration for the 2021 Seeds of Change Annual Event taking place Friday, October 15th at 7 PM.

This year’s event will have some changes, but the biggest change will be moving from a traditional afternoon luncheon to an evening virtual event. The Annual Event is a fundraising event, and the funds will support CCR programs and allow us to provide exceptional services for the thousands of children, families, and child care providers across King and Pierce Counties.

The work CCR has done over the last year continues to make a difference, and we could not have done this without our community of supporters. CCR’s commitment to children, families, and child care providers has never been more realized than during the COVID-19 pandemic. The stories we have heard from parents and providers in this challenging time inspire us and underscore the importance of our work. This event will be a time for our community to come together in partnership and in support of the future of early learning to ensure ALL children have the opportunity to succeed in school and in life.

Register today and join us as we look to plant the seeds of change for our future.

Creating Change in Philanthropy

Over the last year, CCR has gone through big changes in the way we view and practice philanthropy and giving. Our fund development team has a dream and strives toward a more inclusive and equitable development program. A program that values money and time equally and embraces CCR’s values in anti-racism. Through careful research, the fund development team discovered Community Centric Fundraising (CCF). CCF started in Seattle and is a movement to evolve how fundraising is practices in the nonprofit sector, prioritizing community.

As an organization that is modeling Community Centric Fundraising, we recognize that every person in our community of supporters plays a role in ensuring that every child can suceed in school and in life. By creating a space where every contribution is valued and every dollar raised at the event funds out vital programs, we know we are creating a better future for all.

We encourage our community of supporters to learn more about Community Centric Fundraising and come along with us as we continue to strengthen our community and create equitable practices for all.

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Explore our Current Employment Opportunities

Child Care Resources offers unique employment opportunities for individuals who care about improving the quality of early childhood care in our region. CCR is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity among our staff. We strongly encourage people of color, people who speak a second language, and people with disabilities to apply.

Current employment opening:

CCR Mental Health Consultant 

Early Achievers Coach

Professional Development Coordinator

Family Resource Center Bilingual Specialist

Child Care Subsidy Specialist 

Child Care Subsidy Lead

Director, Financial Planning and Program ServicesEarly Learning Services Development Director 

Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grant

Child Care Resources has been awarded a Federal Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership grant, the first in Western Washing in over a decade! Early Head Start (EHS) program promote the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers through safe and developmentally-enriching caregiving.

For Interested Families:

EHS programs recruit families with the greatest need. Eligibility is generally based on family income being at or below the poverty level. Children in foster care, children experiencing homelessness, and children from families receiving public assistance such as Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are eligible regardless of income.

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Meet CCR’s Early Head Start Team:
Savannah Stannard

What is your role at CCR? Department Manager Comprehensive Services, Director of the EHS-Child Care Partnership Program

What is your favorite part of your job? – Everything!!  I love my job! From the amazing team of people I work with, to the Family Child Care and communities we partner with, to the mission-centered, visionary way we are implementing this grant and everything in between!  What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? I LOVE sports – watching, playing, all of it, and, I’m actually pretty good at playing several. Going to the batting cage is one of my favorite things to do after work!

Frances Fournier-Diaz

What is your role at CCR? Staff Accountant for Business Services. “Fiscal Manager” for EHS

What is your favorite part of your job?  Having the opportunity to work with such an awesome passionate team. (EHS team 😊)What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? Middle child of three girls, and I have three girls. Married my high school sweetheart.

Destiny Tabor

What is your role at CCR? Early Head Start Health and Intervention Lead

What is your favorite part of your job? Favorite part of my role is working with family child care providers, families, and children. Also, connecting and providing children and families with healthcare resources that helps children thrive, improve quality of life, and promotes overall health longevity and productivity of communities brings me joy.

What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? I have been to over 35 states within the US.

Nicole Traore

What is your role at CCR? Early Head Start Lead Child Development and Family Engagement

What is your favorite part of your job? I love this job!  I get to support Family Child Care (FCC) providers, children, families and communities!  Early Head Start supports the very important first years of life!  Our EHS team is in a unique position where we have the ability to support positive directions and growth for young children!    

What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? I was a Family Child Care provider for 9 years and SO excited to be able to support FCC providers and the incredible work they do with families and their communities!

Robin Fransen

What is your role at CCR? Comprehensive Services Program Coordinator 

What is your favorite part of your job? Collaborating with my teammates and Early Head Start FFamily Child Care Program. 

What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? I’ve been a volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium for over 10 years.

Lisa Hernandez

What is your role at CCR? Early Head Start Specialist

What is your favorite part of your job? Is everything an answer? Because that’s how I feel!  I love this job because I feel supported and motivated by the team I work with. And I love the opportunity I get to learn more, be challenged, and connect with all kinds of wonderful people while doing meaningful work. There are days I walk into a provider’s house with a full heart of gratitude and a smile to go with.

What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? One cool thing about me is that I have 700 hobbies but one of my favorites has been wood building! It feels pretty exciting to use all of the tools and create something with your own two hands. My co-parent and I even built a tiny house one time!

Gil Romero-Mewharter

What is your role at CCR? Mental Health Consultant

What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part about my job is watching children and caregiver relationships grow closer over time.

What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? I can play a musical instrument

Crystal Rivera

What is your role at CCR? Early Head Start Specialist

What is your favorite part of your job? Getting to help connect low-income families/families in crisis to quality early head start programs.  

What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? I am a Harry Potter fanatic.

Sydney Murrey

What is your role at CCR? EHS Grant Implementation Intern

What is your favorite part of your job? Building a program from the ground up by creating policies and procedures that support children and families.

What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? My sisters and I have matching killer whale tattoos because our dad helped free Willy (whose real name is Keiko).

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