Early Achievers, Washington's 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.
Early Achievers was developed with input and support from child care providers across the state. For two years, DEL and Thrive Washington worked with 90 providers in five communities to develop the system. Starting in 2012, DEL is partnering with Child Care Aware Washington and the University of Washington to offer Early Achievers statewide.
Early Achievers rates the quality of child care and early education programs on a scale of 1 to 5. Higher ratings demonstrate a track record of delivering high-quality care. Providers can move up the rating scale by completing milestones and gaining points through an evaluation.
Learn more about becoming a participant
- Learn more about Early Achievers by contacting your local Child Care Aware agency.
- Schedule an Early Achievers Orientation session
- Pathway to Level 2
Early Achievers Participants Toolkit
The following resources can help Early Achievers participants. Please contact your local local Child Care Aware agency for information about how to register and participate in Early Achievers.
Early Achievers information
- Early Achievers Quality Standards: Describes the criteria for reaching Early Achievers levels one through five.
- Early Achievers Companion to the Quality Standards: Provides additional information about how to meet the Quality Standards.
- Early Achievers Operating Guidelines
- Early Achievers Coach Framework
Developed by the University of Washington, the Early Achievers Coach Framework is designed to give child care providers the support and skills they need in order to prepare children for success in school. The three guiding principles that serve as a constant reference point are cultural competency, parallel process and adult resiliency.
- Early Achievers Technical Assistance Framework
Early Achievers technical assistance is delivered by Child Care Aware of Washington regional agencies and is designed to meet the needs of diverse adult learners and help them understand and navigate Early Achievers participation.
- Early Achievers Updated Ratings Cohort Calendar
- Early Achievers Re-Rating Policy
- Early Achievers Renewal Rating Policy
- Early Achievers Step-by-Step Guide
- Early Achievers On-Site Evaluation Request
Information to share with families
- Letter template to share with families about Early Achievers participation
- Early Achievers brochure for families
- Early Achievers parent consent form - child care centers
- Early Achievers parent consent form - family home child care
- Early Achievers parent consent form frequently asked questions
Additional information for participants
- Early Achievers Participant resources and supports
- How to register for Early Achievers
- Early Achievers quality standards overview
- QRIS Professional Training Series
- Early Achievers brochure for child care providers
- Using CLASS in family child care homes
- Early Achievers Registration: Submitting through MERIT
- Early Achievers Application for Level 2: Submitting through MERIT
- Early Achievers Request for On-Site Evaluation: Submitting through MERIT
- Early Achievers resources and templates that are referenced in the Early Achievers Quality Standards
- Early Achievers Scholarships
- Accessing the Early Achievers WELS Provider Portal through MERIT
- Webinar: Accessing the Early Achievers WELS Provider Portal through MERIT
- Subsidy Quality Incentive: Early Achievers
- Rating appeal form and related questions
- Remedial Activities Policy
- Tools and Resources to Support Remedial Activities
- Coach Collaboration Guidance
Early Achievers Participant Needs-Based Grants (Coming Soon!) - watch for a new application launch July 25, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience!
Early Achievers Level 2 online training
The online training includes three of the six required trainings to reach level 2 of Early Achievers. You will need a STARS ID and MERIT account to receive credit for these trainings.
- Introduction to the Environment Rating Scales (ERS) and Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
- Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines
- Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals.
- Access the training at www.wachildcaretraining.com.
Translated Early Achievers Information
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