Alert: Beginning July 1, 2018, the Department of Early Learning will become the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). After June 30, 2018, this website will no longer be updated. For the latest information on early learning, visit the DCYF website at

I'm an Early Learning Provider


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 Career Planning Portal - Become an Early Learning Professional in Washington

Washington's professional development system is dedicated to supporting early learning professionals in advancing in their careers while ensuring the workforce is skilled and qualified. 

Navigate the menu above to find information about the following:

  • Early learning roles and qualifications
  • Trainings 
  • Verifying your education
  • Training reimbursment 
  • Stackable Certificates
  • Early Childhood Education Scholarships 
  • Early Care and Education Substitute Pool
  • Guides on how to complete applications in MERIT