Updated April 16

What do I do if I need child care?

If you are looking for child care in Whatcom County and need assistance with finding a viable option please reach out to us by providing your information in on this short child care needs survey, or by leaving a message on our Child Care Help Line at 360-927-9190.  You may also email cindy.thompson@bellinghamschools.org.

What options are there for first responders, health care workers and essential employees?

Providing child care for those who serve our communities in health care, as first responders, and in other essential areas is of utmost importance and a high priority.  We want to do as much as possible to ensure the critical systems of health care and safety can continue to respond to the needs of our community.

If you are a family who works in one of these areas, and the closing of schools has left you without viable options for child care during regular school hours, there are options for you.

Several child care centers have openings, including the sites being opened specifically for our health care workers and first responders, and we have plans to open additional sites as needed.  (See question below.)

In response to the COVID-19 closures, the following child care has been established specifically for first responders, health care workers, and other essential workers.

Which child care centers are open and have space for school age children?

Here are some local organizations who have told us that they are continuing to provide child care during the COVD-19 closure. Please check with these organizations for details regarding space, requirements and cost. (If you are a licensed childcare facility and you’d like to be added to our list, please send us an email.)

For a statewide data base of child care availability and support in finding child care for your needs you are also encouraged to refer to one of these sites.