Managed Education and Registry Information Tool (MERIT)

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MERIT (Managed Education and Registry Information Tool) is an online portal that helps professionals in the field of early care and education in Washington:


  • Keep track of their education and training experience

  • Find training opportunities by state-approved trainers

  • Share their qualifications with current and future employers

  • Complete a portable background check application

  • Be recognized and receive awards for their professional achievements

Go to MERIT >


 


Who should use MERIT?


MERIT is for anyone who works in early care and education, including facilities and programs such as:


  • Family home child care

  • Child care centers

  • Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)

  • Head Start

  • School-age child care

MERIT is also for those who support early care and education:


  • Administrators, including facility directors and program supervisors

  • Coaches and trainers

  • K–12 educators and higher education faculty

 


Licensed Child Care Providers:


 


Training:


 


How do I enter my education and certificates of specialization in MERIT? 


  • First, go to MERIT and create an account. If you already have an account, just log in and select the "My Education" tab.

  • Complete your education application. You will receive an e-mail with instructions for submitting your supporting documentation. 


 


What do I do if my transcripts are not in English?


If your transcripts are not in English and you earned your degree outside of the United States:


We often refer people to the following two organizations:


 


How does education verification help me?


  • It makes it easy to share your qualifications with current and new employers.

  • It helps you keep track of your education and early learning credentials.

  • It allows the Department of Early Learning (DEL) to learn more about you so that we can create new professional development opportunities.

  • It lets DEL recognize your professional achievements with a monetary incentive called an achievement award.

 


Can I count college credits towards my annual STARS hours?


If you earned credits from an education or early care and education (ECE) department at a college or university, you may be able to count them towards your Annual Continuing Education (STARS) hour requirements. You may enter three courses per year for each of the last three calendar years (includes the current calendar year). To submit your college credits for STARS hours, follow these steps:


  • Copy your transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). The transcripts must include your name, the name of the college or university, the dates of the courses that you completed, and the credits that you earned.

  • Log into your MERIT account and complete the Education Application found under the "My Education" tab. 

  • Submit your supporting documents to centraliamerit@centralia.edu or mail to:

Centralia College CFS


Attn: MERIT Program


600 Centralia College Blvd.


Centralia, WA 98532-4035


 


How do I submit a training certificate with STARS hours?


If you earned STARS hours along with your certificate, your trainer will enter the information into MERIT for you. If for some reason your trainer doesn’t enter it, email a copy of your training certificate to merit@del.wa.gov; or mail a paper copy of the certificate to:
Department of Early Learning (DEL)

Attn: MERIT

PO Box 40970

Olympia WA 98504-0970


Learn more about updating your training history in MERIT.


 


How do I assign an additional person to my facility profile in MERIT?


Follow the Facility/Site Access: Additional Designee guide for instructions.


 


How do I appeal a decision made by DEL about my MERIT record?


Please submit an appeal form.


 


Who do I contact for help?


You can contact MERIT support staff at merit@del.wa.gov, or call toll free 1-866-482-4325 and choose option 5.