The Washington State Department of Commerce has awarded over $5.6 million to 17 state-licensed early learning providers across the state. The grants will help address a severe shortage of early learning facilities across the state and increase opportunities for low-income children. The Squaxin Island Tribe will be getting $73,000 to add ten slots to the Squaxin Island Child Development Center.
Grants were awarded through a competitive process led by Commerce and the Department of Children, Youth and Families. Funds can be used to plan, renovate, construct or purchase early learning facilities.