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

Early Achievers


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We are building a statewide system of high-quality early learning, while ensuring that children’s care is reflective of the needs of Washington’s diverse families. Early Achievers, Washington’s quality rating and improvement system:

  • Was developed with input and support from child care providers across the state.
  • Connects families to early learning and care programs with the help of an easy-to-understand rating system.
  • Offers coaching, professional development and resources for providers to support each child’s learning and development.
  • Ensures that participating providers, especially those who serve low income families, receive help and resources to sustain high quality programming.