Washington state career lattice for early care and education professionals and school-age care professionals

The Department of Early Learning (DEL), with input from more than 40 other early learning organizations, developed the
Washington state career lattice for early care and education professionals and school-age professionals.

The first step to being placed on the career lattice is to complete your Education Application in MERIT and submit all supporting documents. View detailed instructions: Four Easy Steps to Completing your Education Application.

There are 15 steps on the career lattice, each of which represents increased training and education for early learning professionals that align with the Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals.

Early care & education and school-age professionals who are placed on the Career Lattice are able to request monetary awards for their education, employment and training accomplishments. The monetary awards are funded through Washington's Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant.

View more information about financial supports for early learning professionals.

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