In Washington, we can improve the quality of early learning programs by increasing the skills and education levels of those who work with children. Child care providers who participate in Early Achievers, Washington’s child care quality rating and improvement system, receive support and incentives to improve the quality of care they offer children and families.
Early Achievers Scholarship Opportunities
Early Achievers Opportunity Grants and Washington Scholarships for Child Care Professionals help employees at eligible child care facilities pursue educational opportunities in Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs.
- If you are interested in earning a Stackable Certificate or Associate's degree, check out the Early Achievers Grant at https://www.sbctc.edu/paying-for-college/early-achievers-student-grant.aspx.
- If you are interested in earning a Bachelor's degree or earning your Associate's and transferring to a four-year college/university, visit WA Scholarships at http://wa.childcareaware.org/providers/scholarship
State-Approved Training Reimbursement
DEL offers reimbursement for training taken from Washington state-approved trainers. Professionals who work in DEL-licensed or -certified child care facilities and have confirmed or verified their employment record can access reimbursement through their MERIT professional record.
- Read more about who is eligible for training reimbursement.
- Employment Confirmation for Training Reimbursement
If you do not have a Statewide Vendor Number, fill out the Statewide Payee Registration Form found at https://del.wa.gov/Statewide-Vendor-Forms.