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Capitol Campus Childcare Center

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Artist rendering of Child Care Center

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Capitol Campus Childcare Center

The Department of Enterprise Services is overseeing a project that will house an additional childcare center in Olympia to serve state workers. Construction begins in June 2020 and is scheduled to be completed in 2021. The childcare center construction plan meets safety guidelines under Gov. Jay Inslee's Safe Start approach.

Located on the corner of Maple Park Avenue Southeast and Capitol Way South, the future single-story, 9,600 square-foot building will become the southern gateway to the Capitol Campus. The Legislature funded the $10 million project in 2019.

The center will be built with an eco-friendly design that focuses on conserving resources, ensuring air and water quality and reducing waste. Ultimately, this project will add 37 new trees to the Capitol Campus. The mix of deciduous and flowering species are in addition to the 100 new trees being planted on the Campus in association with a National Association of State Foresters Centennial Challenge. 

The center will feature:

  • Six classrooms
  • A nature-based learning playground for infants, toddlers and preschoolers
  • A light-duty commercial kitchen
  • 14 drop-off only parking stalls

Once complete, there will be multiple points of pedestrian access to ease traffic impacts on Maple Park.

Childcare center operations

DES is overseeing the process to hire an operator for the center. Steps include issuing a request for proposal, selecting an apparent successful bidder, and then signing a contract.

The new childcare center does not replace the existing care center on Perry Street (5 Cs), which will continue its operations at that location.

Sign up to receive updates on the hiring of an operator for the new childcare center. You will be notified when a waiting list for child admissions has been established.

Construction updates

Construction will bring intermittent noise and traffic impacts to the area. Sign up for regular construction updates.

Update Description
August, 2020 Work to install geopiers that form the foundation for the childcare center facility is complete. Crews continue to build the foundation with concrete footing and rebar. Workers are also designing routes for electrical conduits and storm piping from the Plaza Garage.

Childcare center foundation
A number of Capitol Campus Construction projects will continue in 2020 even though the state is experiencing a shortfall in revenues. In general, capital projects have funding sources that are different from the operating budget, and IRS rules require that capital bond funding can only be used for capital projects.

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