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Training requirements for child care providers


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Washington training requirements, called STARS, have been in place since 1999 for:

  • All family child care providers.

  • Directors, program supervisors, site coordinators and lead staff in child care centers and school-age programs.

Family Home Child Care programs, Child Care Centers and School-Age programs must follow their respective WACs to meet the needs of the children and families they serve. Learn more about the licensing WAC requirements for each program by visiting DEL’s child care licensing rules page.


Initial professional development and training requirements

Professionals must meet initial training requirements that are outlined on the Child Care Licensing Rules page by following the WAC links on DEL’s child care licensing rules page. Additional health and safety requirements for facility employees are required by WAC. These requirements include current CPR/First Aid certification, HIV/AIDS Training, TB test, etc.


Annual professional development and training requirements

Professionals working in specific positions are required to complete 10 hours of continuing education each year. STARS training can be found by searching MERIT, Washington’s online tool for managing training and education. 


Child care aides, assistants, substitutes and volunteers are encouraged (but not required) to participate in ongoing professional development training opportunities. All individuals who independently supervise children need to meet the initial training requirements for their position.


For additional information about training requirements, please contact your DEL licensor or your local licensing office.