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Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care and Senior Home Care

www.care.com

Find family care with this website that will allow you to search for local caregivers for children, adults/seniors, pets and even housekeepers for your home.

Or you can post a caregiver job and then let the applicants find you — guaranteed responses within three days. Access to background checks, references and reviews helps you to make hiring decisions with confidence.

The site also provides helpful information such as how much to pay a baby sitter, how to interview a pet sitter and how to find a tutor or after-school activity for your student.

Active-duty military families receive a 25 per­cent discount on any subscription.

Child Care Aware

www.childcareaware.org

Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.

There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

Washington State Department of Early Learning

1110 Jefferson St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
360-725-4665
www.del.wa.gov

The Washington State Department of Early Learning helps create safe, healthy and nurturing learning experiences for children in the state. The department offers information on resources available for early childhood educators, parents and others who work with young children. The department is also responsible for licensing child care centers and family home child care providers in the state of Washington. The department’s website has Child Care Check, which offers basic information about a child care provider’s licensing history.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

P.O. Box 45131
Olympia, WA 98504
360-902-7878
www.dshs.wa.gov

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services provides a number of support services for children, adults and seniors. The department’s services aim to decrease poverty, improve safety and health, and increase success in employment and education. Available services include help with food, cash assistance, child care, addiction treatments, medical insurance for children, child support and more.

Spokane County Veterans Services

1101 W. College Ave.
Spokane Regional Health District, Suite 401
Spokane, WA 99201 509-477-3690
www.spokanecounty.org/veteran

Veterans Services provides counseling and emergency financial aid to honorably discharged indigent veterans and their families for rent, utilities, food, gas and limited prescription assistance. The department also provides employment resources. For more information on eligibility and available services, visit the department’s website.

Spokane Department of Child and Family Services

1313 N. Atlantic St., Suite 2000
Spokane, WA 99201 509-363-3550
https://fortress.wa.gov/dshs/f2ws03apps/caofficespub/offices/general/OfficeShow.asp?qs_City=458

The department is the public child welfare agency for the state of Washington. The staff works with children and families to identify their needs and develop a plan for services that support them and assure their safety and well-being. These services are designed to reduce the risk of abuse, find safe alternatives to out-of-home placement, and assure safety and permanency for children in out-of-home care. Visit the website to get information on foster parenting, teen suicide, reporting abuse and more.

 

Safety

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State of Washington

Washington Traffic Safety Commission

621 Eighth Ave. SE, Suite 409
Olympia, WA 98501
360-753-6197
www.wtsc.wa.gov

Washington’s Traffic Safety Commission leads statewide efforts and builds partnerships to save lives and prevent injuries on our roadways for the health, safety and benefit of our communities.

Washington Division of Emergency Management

20 Aviation Drive
Building 20, MS TA-20
Camp Murray, WA 98430 253-512-7000
http://mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division

The mission of the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division is to minimize the impact of emergencies and disasters on the people, property, environment and economy of Washington state. Visit the division’s website for access to preparedness information for individuals, families, pets, businesses and more.

Spokane County

Spokane Department of Emergency Management

1618 N. Rebecca Ave.
Spokane, WA 99217 509-477-2204
www.spokanecounty.org/emergencymgmt

The Spokane Department of Emergency Management advises citizens, businesses, organizations and local government in emergency preparation through education, community outreach and training. Visit the department’s website for information about how to prepare for severe weather and to sign up for Alert Spokane, the county’s emergency community warning system.

Sheriff

Nonemergency 509-456-2233

www.spokanecounty.org/sheriff

City of Spokane

Fire Department

Nonemergency 509-625-7000

https://my.spokanecity.org/fire

Police Department

Nonemergency 509-477-5980

https://my.spokanecity.org/police

City of Spokane Valley

Fire Department

Nonemergency 509-928-1700

www.spokanevalleyfire.com

Police Department

Nonemergency 509-477-3300

www.spokanevalley.org/police

City of Cheney

Fire Department

Nonemergency 509-498-9291

www.cityofcheney.org/index.php?section=fire

Police Department

Nonemergency 509-535-9233

www.cityofcheney.org/index.php?section=police

City of Medical Lake

Fire Department

Nonemergency 509-565-5022

www.medical-lake.org/fire-department

Law Enforcement

Nonemergency 509-456-2233

www.medical-lake.org/law-enforcement-services

City of Airway Heights

Fire Department

Nonemergency 509-244-3322

www.cawh.org/departments/fire-department

Police Department

Nonemergency 509-244-3707

www.cawh.org/departments/police-department

Family Resources

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Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.

American Red Cross

www.redcross.org

The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service.

The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all members of the armed forces, veterans and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through the network of chapters across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide.

Local Red Cross offices develop and maintain relationships with key community partners. Military families rely on the Red Cross to help them identify their needs and connect them to the most appropriate Red Cross and community resources. This essential Red Cross service includes responding to emergency needs for food, clothing and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, mental health), respite care for caregivers and other resources that meet the unique needs of local military members, veterans and their families.

The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 24/7. Call 877-272-7337 or submit an online request at https://saf.redcross.org/css.

Armed Services YMCA

www.asymca.org

The ASYMCA is made up of 13 branches and about 20 affiliate locations at local Y’s and on some DOD facilities across the U.S.

It makes military life easier by providing programs and services to the young men and women of all five armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

ASYMCA programs, services and events are designed to help the family come together, stay together and be able to adjust and thrive wherever the services send them — with a particular focus on junior-enlisted men and women, the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. Programs are offered at low cost and require no dues or membership fees.

Signature programs include Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala, Art and Essay Contest, Military Family Month, Operation Hero, Operation Holiday Joy, Operation Kid Comfort, Operation Outdoors, Operation Ride Home, Parent and Me, Teddy’s Child Watch and YMCA/DOD Military Outreach Initiative.

Find ASYMCA locations by visiting www.asymca.org/locations.

Child Care Aware

www.childcareaware.org

Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for parents regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.

The site has information on the different types of child care and how to choose the right child care for your family. Financial resources include a child care budgeting calculator and information on federal and state fee assistance. There’s also a special section for military and DOD families with links to military child care fee assistance. To speak with a specialist about military and DOD child care programs, call 800-424-2246, option 6.

Military OneSource

www.militaryonesource.mil

Military OneSource is your central hub and go-to-place for the military community. Get to know your benefits and prepare for the big stuff: deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood and retirement. Browse by topic or search for that specific question you have. No matter where military life takes you, with Military OneSource you’ll always be in the loop.

Operation Homefront

www.operationhomefront.org

Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.

Helping military families gain long-term stability is a specific concern for Operation Homefront. Homes on the Homefront awards mortgage-free homes, impacting veteran families for generations to come. The caregivers for wounded warriors also need help, and that is why Hearts of Valor was formed.

Operation Homefront’s annual gala recognizes extraordinary military kids. The organization also hosts multiple Homefront Celebrations, Star-Spangled Baby Showers, Back-to-School Brigades and Holiday Meals for Military events each year to show appreciation to military spouses.

Visit Operation Homefront online for more information.

United Service Organization

www.uso.org

Since 1941, the USO has kept our military men and women connected to their families, home and country no matter where they are or under what conditions they serve. Programs for military families include Couples Seminars: Stronger Families; Comfort Crew for Military Kids; Operation That’s My Dress; United Through Reading; Baby Showers: USO and What to Expect Present Special Delivery; and The Sesame Street/USO Experience.

The USO also provides transition services to support Americans’ return to civilian life after completing their military service. For more information, go to www.uso.org/programs/uso-pathfinder.

Visit the USO’s website to find a location near you.

Washington State Department of Early Learning

1110 Jefferson St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501 360-725-4665
www.del.wa.gov

The Washington State Department of Early Learning helps create safe, healthy and nurturing learning experiences for children in the state. The department offers information on resources available for early childhood educators, parents and others who work with young children. The department is also responsible for licensing child care centers and family home child care providers in Washington. The department’s website has Child Care Check, which offers basic information about a child care provider’s licensing history.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

P.O. Box 45131
Olympia, WA 98504 360-902-7878
www.dshs.wa.gov

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services provides a number of support services for children, adults and seniors. The department’s services aim to decrease poverty, improve safety and health, and increase success in employment and education. Available services include help with food, cash assistance, child care, addiction treatments, medical insurance for children, child support and more.

Spokane Department of Child and Family Services

1313 N. Atlantic St., Suite 2000
Spokane, WA 99201 509-363-3550

The department is the public child welfare agency in Washington. The staff works with children and families to identify their needs and develop a plan for services that support them and assure their safety and well-being. These services are designed to reduce the risk of abuse, find safe alternatives to out-of-home placement and ensure safety and permanency for children in out-of-home care.

Pets

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Moves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to communicate with you.

Your pet faces many new outside dangers such as coyotes, wolves and bobcats. Many people assume that these animals don’t live in the area because they don’t see them. That assumption can be dangerous to your pet. Coyotes and bobcats hunt small mammals such as mice and rabbits but will attack cats or small dogs if given the opportunity. Wolves view dogs as competitors or territorial intruders and have attacked and killed them, especially in remote areas. The best way to protect your pet is to only let them outside at night when you are with them and to keep their food and water inside. Another preventive measure is to install outdoor lighting so animals cannot approach the area unseen.

Animal Services

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Eastern Region

2315 N. Discovery Place
Spokane Valley, WA 99216 509-892-1001
http://wdfw.wa.gov

The WDFW manages and ensures the long-term well-being of fish and wildlife, particularly since humans continue to encroach on wildlife habitats. The website offers tips about living with many of the species across the state. For information about wildlife in the Spokane area specifically, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regions/region1.

Spokane County Regional Animal

Protection Service

6815 E. Trent Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA 99212 509-477-2532
https://tinyurl.com/y8vatmh6

Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, or SCRAPS, protects public safety and ensures animal welfare through compassionate, responsive, professional enforcement of laws and public policy. It is the official animal protection agency for Spokane County and the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Millwood, Liberty Lake and Cheney. Visit the SCRAPS website for more information about pet licensing, impounds, adoptions and more.

Veterinary Services

Veterinary services in Spokane County are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. A great place to start looking is the Inland Empire — Veterinary Medical Society at www.ievma.org. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association website www.wsvma.org.

Pets for Patriots

https://petsforpatriots.org

Pets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.

To learn more about adopting a pet, visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works.

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