Washington State Professional Development System


If you care for and teach young children professionally or you’re interested in a career working with children and families, Washington’s professional development system can help you:

  • Learn what you need to know and be able to do when caring for children.
  • Manage your training and education record.
  • Find opportunities for training and education.
  • Find resources and financial support for your professional development.
Your Tools and Resources

Learn about MERIT
MERIT is an online tool that can help you:

  • Keep track of your education and training experience.
  • Find training opportunities by state-approved trainers.
  • Share your qualifications with current and future employers.

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Professional Development Achievement AwardsNEW!
We’ve retired the Career Lattice: Now, you can submit your education for verification and apply for an achievement award in one easy application.
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Training Library for Early Learning Professionals
Find more resources, including best practices.
Go to the Library >

Answers to Top Questions

How do I get my education award?

What are Washington’s training requirements for child care providers?

How can I earn “stackable” certificates in early childhood education?

Where can I get financial support for my training and education?

What do I need to know and be able to do to provide quality education to young children?

How do I become a state-approved trainer?

How do I give feedback to DEL about a training that I received?

Research has shown that we can improve the quality of early learning programs in Washington by increasing the skills and education levels of those who work with children.