Early Achievers 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.

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


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

Information to share with families

Additional information for participants

Early Achievers Participant Needs Based Grants

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

To access Early Achievers information in Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian and Somali, click here: Translated Early Achievers.

Interested in sharing a success story about your Early Achievers participation? Questions?
Email qris@del.wa.gov.