Early Achievers, Washington's Quality Rating and Improvement System

High-quality child care helps children get ready for success in kindergarten and beyond. Yet child care quality varies considerably around Washington.

Early Achievers, Washington’s quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), is voluntary for licensed child care providers and helps early learning programs offer high-quality care. Early Achievers:

  • Connects families to child care and early learning programs with the help of an easy-to-understand rating system.
  • Offers coaching and resources for child care providers to support each child’s learning and development. Research shows this kind of assistance helps providers improve the quality of their programs. And when more young children are ready for school, we all benefit.
Early Achievers and the Early Start Act

The Early Start Act was signed into law July 6, 2015. This historic legislation invests into expanding high quality early learning for Washington’s children and families, particularly in our most diverse and vulnerable communities. For child care providers, the Early Start Act focuses on supporting high quality early learning services through Early Achievers and ensures that the child care providers, especially those who serve low income families, receive all needed help and resources to sustain high quality programming. For more information, click: here.

Early Achievers is available statewide!

DEL is partnering with Child Care Aware Washington and the University of Washington to offer Early Achievers statewide.

Early Achievers for Licensed Participants

Early Achievers, Washington's voluntary quality rating and improvement system, gives participating child care professionals free access to coaching, professional development and a tangible way to demonstrate their commitment to providing quality care and education for young children.
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Early Achievers Outreach Documents and Tools NEW!

Joining Early Achievers and working toward a quality level of excellence is worth celebrating! DEL and Child Care Aware of Eastern Washington have partnered to create outreach materials for Early Achievers participants. Customizable marketing materials will help Early Achievers participants share information and celebrate quality improvement activities with different audiences: current and future families, media, and your community.
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Early Achievers for HeadStart/ECEAP

Tools and information to support the integration of Head Start and ECEAP into Early Achievers, Washington’s quality rating and improvement system.
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Early Achievers Resources and Templates

The following resources and templates are referenced in the Early Achievers Quality Standards.
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Early Achievers for Families

Early Achievers, Washington's quality rating and improvement system, helps parents and families evaluate how early learning programs are preparing children to succeed.
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QRIS Early Adopters

Child care providers who were part of the Seeds to Success field test voluntarily participated in a QRIS project as early adopters from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.
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