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.
Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Island County because they provide important connections to other residents, local businesses and public safety. These sites give up-to-date information on local happenings, municipal contacts, weather and events such as city council meetings:
State of Washington
City of Coupeville
City of Langley
City of Oak Harbor
FAMILY, CHILDREN AND CHILD CARE SERVICES
Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care and Senior Home Care
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
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.
The site will also help you find information on 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 covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
953 Village Way, No. 100
Monroe, WA 98272
DSHS Children’s Administration 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 families and assure the safety and well-being of children. The department’s programs include an abuse hotline, services for adoption, child care, foster care, domestic violence, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse and more.
Oak Harbor Department of Children and Family Services
275 SE Pioneer Way, Suite 301
Oak Harbor, WA 98277