Community Resources

General Resources

Creative Start Studio

The Creative Start Studio has arts integration mini-lessons and resources for early learning educators, teaching artists, families, and caregivers.

Northwest Center Kids IMPACT

Northwest Center Kids IMPACT has launched our online, on-demand professional development platform that includes a variety of STARS approved professional development courses. Topics include, Autism Spectrum Disorder: Language and Communication,  Sensory Strategies and the Brain: Promoting Self-Regulation and Learning and many more.  Follow IMPACT on Instagram (@NWCKidsIMPACT) for discount codes and sales happening monthly.

Special Olympics Washington

Substitute Pool

The Substitute Pool provides licensed childcare providers access to qualified substitutes for release time. The program supports the continuity of care for children in licensed programs, and ensures staff have access to release time. Provides can use a substitute to attend professional learning on or off-site. To find out more about the substitute pool, eligibility or usage policies contact the Imagine Institute:
Phone: 206-492-5249

Family Ways

Family Ways is a program supporting pregnant persons, parenting families and children up to age five. All services are culturally relevant, participant-centered, and strengths-based. Our Peer Community Specialists represent the communities we currently serve. This includes: U.S born Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.

2024 Fatherhood Summit

Registration is Now Open for the 2024 Fatherhood Summit!

When: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2024

Where: The Greater Tacoma Convention Center


  • This event is free.
  • Doors open with continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m.
  • Event begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Visit our website for more details.


CHERISH™ is a program started at Kindering in 2004 that is specifically for children and families involved in the child welfare system. We offer three levels of training (CHERISH 101, 102, and Certification) to ESIT providers across WA. Those interested can learn more/contact us through our website.

Classes and Trainings

**To have resources uploaded to our conference website please email conference coordinator Amanda Cardwell with the following information:

  • Your Name

  • Organization

  • Information about resource, class/training or job posting

  • Link to applicable resource or training