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

Plan Your Early Learning Career


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DEL partnered with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to create a clear educational pathway for current and potential early learning professionals. 


Stackable Certificates

Currently, 29 community colleges in Washington offer stackable certificates in Early Childhood Education (ECE). These certificates are “stackable” in that they build off one another in a sequential manner and deepen levels of applied learning along the way. Courses at participating colleges have the same titles, numbers, descriptions and student outcomes. All courses are aligned with the Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals. 



Financial Assistance for Early Learning Professionals

Information for Family and Consumer Science Teachers