This year, many families are in need of resources and assistance in balancing work, child care, and remote learning. We are creating and compiling those for you here and will continue to update this page as additional resources are established.
Child and Elder Care
For the most up-to-date child care information, join the firstname.lastname@example.org listserv.
UW HR has a growing collection of child care options including updated backup care info, plus a page with details on using time off for various COVID-related scenarios. The Huddle also has several resources for child and in-home care.
UW Child Care Connections (UWC3) is a service that connects UW students willing to provide child care or learning support to UW employees and graduate students who need caregiving support.
The Komae app supports those seeking cooperative care opportunities across our UW community. Komae enables parents to identify and vet families with similar parenting styles and COVID-19 hygiene practices to build their pod for shared child care and education.
View this step-by-step guide to forming pandemic pods for families looking to share child care.
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) registration is now open for full day-care for elementary-age kids and support for students’ virtual learning at several locations.
Seattle Preschool Program is accepting new participants for in-person, remote, or hybrid programming for three- and four-year-olds. Tuition is calculated on a sliding scale and will be free this year for remote learning participants.
UW Medicine employees who need child care should call the Child Care Aware COVID Referral Center. The call center can serve callers Monday through Friday between 8:30-4:30 and in their home language. The Referral Center will connect families directly to vacant child care slots in the community, including those available only to UW employees. Here’s how the process works:
- Call 1-800-446-1114
- Press “1” to request child care
- Press “1” to indicate you are a healthcare worker/first responder
- Tell the operator you are a UW Medicine employee.
Elder care resources, planning, and senior housing search tools are available through Years Ahead.
Support for Children with Special Needs and Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
Arc of King County has a Coronavirus resource page in addition to a resource list. There is also a presentation with ten tips to advocate for your child’s special education.
Informing Families has a COVID page with several helpful links.
PAVE provides information on knowing your rights and information related to IEPs.
Icahn at Mount Sinai has resources for teaching social skills for children with autism during social distancing.
AFIRM is a national collaboration with information on supporting individuals with autism during uncertain times.
Implications of COVID-19: Supporting Families in a Pandemic webinar on October 19th, 2020 from UW LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) provides many helpful tips. UW LEND also has a list of COVID-19 resources to support families of individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Northwest Justice Project has a special education legal clinic to provide advice about your child’s rights to an education.
The UW COVID-19 Employee Emergency Fund is available to help eligible employees who are experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic and may be used to pay for COVID-19 related child care and remote learning costs.
The City of Seattle’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) vouchers pay between 25-75 percent of child care costs for income-eligible families with children under 13 years old. Families can begin the CCAP registration process here.
Pierce County has a child care financial assistance program; read the frequently asked questions here.
Bright Horizons offers free membership to Sittercity, which includes unlimited free basic caregiver background checks, access to babysitters, caregivers who support learning pods and adult and elder caregivers.
Access discounted tuition for child care centers, including school aged care, at select partner centers in Bright Horizons’ child care network.
Discounted, local nanny placement services, with the option to be matched with a nanny who is trained to support students with online instruction.
The Whole U’s Nanny Parent Connection offers a 15% discount for Learning Guide membership to a nanny search service.
Snoqualmie Tribe Child Care and Development Fund: This program is open to all Native American families that meet eligibility criteria and provides financial support for child care and early learning services.
Tutoring and Remote Learning
Several community resources are available to help find tutors and educational support for school-aged children:
- University Tutors for Seattle Schools
- The Together Program
- The UW College of Education Community Job Board
- UW Pipeline Project
- Reading Partners
- UW Fall Remote Courses for High School students
Discounted academic support, tutoring, test prep and homework help services are available from Varsity Tutors, Revolution Prep and Marco Polo.
King County Library System members have unlimited, free access to Tutor.com. Each session is 20-30 minutes long and is designed to help learners with 1-2 questions. Learn about Tutor.com through King County Libraries.
Pierce County and Sno-Isle Libraries members have access to HelpNow, a live, online professional tutoring service. Learn more on the Pierce County Library System and Sno-Isle Libraries websites. HelpNow offers tutoring and homework help in Spanish for any subject it supports in English.
School aged programs in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties: The YMCAS of Greater Seattle, Pierce County and Snohomish County are offering full-day care options designed to help school-aged students stay focused and on-task while engaging in remote learning, without missing out on social enrichment, peer interaction, and physical activity.
Seattle Parks and Recreation is providing seven Teen Resource Hubs to support up to 200 students daily. The program begins September 8th and runs Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm. Lunch will be provided daily. Learn more and register for the free program here.
Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine has a myriad of tips and resources for multiple subject areas of online learning.
UW’s Parent Map website has many resources and tools listed for helping parents with homeschooling.
As school closures increase, some communities are creating groups to collaborate on solutions. The “Seattle Help for Parents & Caregivers During Covid-19 Outbreak” Facebook group was created to establish a forum for parents, nannies, and caregivers in need of help during the Covid-19 outbreak to connect with other parents, help and resources. Check if your school or class has an organized support structure with similar shared resources.