Courthouse childcare center
The Courthouse Drop-In Childcare Center is closed until further notice due to COVID-19.
What to expect
The Childcare Center serves children who are called to testify as victims or witnesses, or whose parents or guardians have business in the court. The center has room for up to 12 children at any one time and serves more than 125 children each month.
Children receive a nutritious snack in the morning and afternoon along with a daily story time. Games, puzzles, blocks, toys, dolls, trucks, books and artwork are available for the children.
The Childcare Center is licensed through the Washington State Department of Early Learning and is operated by Children’s Home Society of Washington (CHSW), which is Washington's oldest and largest statewide organization serving children. (The court provides the space, and CHSW provides the staff.) CHSW has extensive experience working with children who may be experiencing stress as a result of family strife.
When the Center opened in 1997, it was the first and only court-based childcare center in the Pacific Northwest. In 2001, the Center was renamed the ‘Jon and Bobbe Bridge Childcare Center’ to recognize the charitable work of Jon and Bobbe Bridge. Justice Bridge was instrumental in establishing the Center when she served as Superior Court’s Presiding judge, and she and her husband provided critical funding in the Center's early years.
The Center also receives support from Superior Court jurors, who are invited to donate their $10 per diem to the Center. A significant number of jurors accept this invitation. Annual juror donations, together with other private contributions, now fully support the Center.