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MERIT Support Guides and Program Manuals


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 Career Planning Portal - Become an Early Learning Professional in Washington


Washington’s professional development workforce registry, MERIT, allows early learning professionals, and those that support early learning professionals, to track education and training, share qualifications with current and future employers, complete a portable background check, and more.


Click on the links below to review step-by-step instructions on how to complete MERIT applications.

MERIT Support Guides for Relationship Based Professionals 

Professional Development Program Manuals