Bates’ Early Learning Center, located at the Downtown Campus, is available to students, staff, and community children. The center serves children ages four weeks through five years old, and offers several program models depending on families’ needs.
Hours of operation are Mon- Fri, 6:30 a.m. -5 p.m. The center follows the college calendar for open days.
Early Head Start is a low-cost program for families that qualify for the DSHS Working Connections Child Care Subsidy. Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a free preschool program for qualifying children ages 3-5 years. ECEAP has two program models: a six-hour, full-day program from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., or an extended-day program outside those hours.
• Quality learning opportunities
• Quality care for children
• Child education and family support services
• Social/emotional support for children and health services
• Education, employment support and job skills training
• Nurturing supportive relationships
• Supportive staff and family engagement
• Nutritious meals
We also offer fee-based child care on a sliding-scale basis for those who do not qualify for Early Head Start or ECEAP. Child care scholarships are available for students who qualify through the Bates Technical College Foundation.
The Early Learning Center also has locations at South Campus and three off-campus locations in Eastside Tacoma, Fife/Milton and Puyallup:
3575 Portland Ave. E
2003 Taylor St.
412 W. Pioneer Ave.
Tacoma, Bates Technical College (Downtown Campus)
1101 S. Yakima Ave.
Tacoma, Bates Technical College (South Campus)
2201 S. 78th St.
Additionally, several ECEAP and child care centers are located near the college. Please reach out to ECEAP Family Support Specialist Melissa McPheeters, 253.680.7321 for more information, or Contact the Child Care Resource and Referral Network at 1.800.446.1114, for information on community agencies that serve infants, toddlers, and school-aged children.
For information about parenting classes or other resources available, please visit the Child Studies department.
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