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Our Mission

To provide support, education, networking and advocacy opportunities for all child care professionals in Greater Seattle. CDAGS values diversity and is committed to the process of undoing institutionalized racism. Together, we strive to create a welcoming environment where individuals feel seen, heard, recognized and valued.

Organizational Goals

  • Utilize diverse presenters to provide training on current trends that affect the communities we serve.
  • Support the work of Undoing Institutionalized Racism (UIR)
  • Participate in and provide support to other groups that advocate for children, youth and families and the professionals who serve them.

Maintain a viable strategic plan to enrich and support the organization. In 2014 The Child Care Directors Association celebrated its 30th Anniversary. Although the Child Care community has changed in the last thirty years, CDAGS has remained committed to encouraging leadership, training, mentoring and advocating for current Early Learning and School Age issues.

The History of CDAGS

The Child Care Directors Association of Greater Seattle (CDAGS) was organized in June 1984 as a community support system for program directors who provide care for children, youth and their families. The group has since expanded to include all interested professionals working with children and families. High interest issues at the time of organization were lack of affordable liability insurance, the
desperate need for substitutes and what later became known as “Worthy Wages”. CDAGS members were responsible for organizing a sub bank (1985-1995), influencing the insurance industry and holding the first “Worthy Wage Day” press conference in 1985.

Other activities over the years include many Worthy Wage Day rallies and staff appreciation banquets. In 2009, CDAGS began to offer scholarships for the Undoing Institutional Racism training for it’s members.

In 2014 The Child Care Directors Association celebrated its 30th Anniversary. Although the Child Care community has changed in the last thirty years, CDAGS has remained committed to encouraging
leadership, training, mentoring and advocating for current Early Learning and School Age issues.