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January 2, 2013

Early Achievers child care rating system expands into seven more Washington counties

Families and more than 800 child care providers in Southwest and Eastern Washington now have access to quality rating and improvement system

Starting today, licensed child care providers in seven more Washington counties may participate in Early Achievers, the state’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system.

Early Achievers offers child care providers and their staff access to coaching, professional development, cash incentives, and other resources that support high-quality child care at no cost to providers or families.

Starting today, approximately 850 licensed child care providers in the following counties may participate in Early Achievers:

  • Grays Harbor
  • Mason
  • Thurston
  • Lewis
  • Pacific
  • Benton
  • Franklin

The statewide roll-out kicked off in July 2012 in 23 Washington counties, serving roughly 66 percent—more than 4,300—of licensed and certified child care programs in the state. With this phase of the statewide roll-out, more than 5,200 of approximately 6,300 licensed child care programs in Washington may participate.

From July through December 2012, more than 800 child care providers opted to join Early Achievers, serving more than 19,000 children in 23 counties.

Child care providers in the remaining nine counties will be able to join Early Achievers in July 2013, representing approximately 1,300 licensed child care programs. Read more about the statewide roll-out plan.

Early Achievers connects parents and families to child care and early learning programs through an easy-to-understand rating system. Families can see whether licensed and certified child care providers are participating in Early Achievers on Child Care Check, DEL’s online licensed child care information system. Ratings will be available in 2013.

DEL developed a 30-second public service announcement about Early Achievers. Listen to the PSA.

Read more about Early Achievers at

Early Achievers is 100 percent supported by the 2011 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge federal grant and the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) ($21 million for fiscal year 2013), for which DEL is the lead state agency.

Media contact:

Kara Klotz
360.725.4392 (office)
360.515.8699 (cell)