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Washington State Professional Development System


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Washington’s Professional Development system is designed to support the adult educators who care for and teach young children in our state. Our vision is that Washington  has qualified, diverse, and competitively compensated educators across all early learning settings to help children reach their potential and to eliminate race and income as predictors of school readiness.  

Use the menu above to find information pertaining to early learning providers, professionals that support early learning providers, and workforce development. 

I'm an Early Learning Provider:

  • Early learning roles, qualifications, and training
  • College programs and scholarships
  • Substitute Pool
  • MERIT support guides 

I Support Providers

  • Relationship Based Professional Development roles and qualifications 
  • Training quality assurance-Trainer Advisory Board
  • Resources for adult educators 
  • MERIT support guides

Workforce Development:

  • Current workforce initiatives 
  • Workforce data and reports
  • Professional competencies and frameworks