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? 

 

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, in Washington State, you may be able to count them towards your Annual Continuing Education (STARS) hour requirements. (To be eligible, the credits must come from classes that occurred in 2010 or more recent years.) To submit your college credits for STARS hours, just 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.

  • Highlight the course you wish to add to your training history. You may select one college class annually to add to your training history.

  • You must also include a course description for the course you select.

  • Email your documents with your STARS ID number to merit@del.wa.gov with the request. The documents can also be mailed to:

Department of Early Learning (DEL)
Attn: MERIT
PO Box 40970
Olympia WA 98504-0970

 

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.