What is MERIT?

MERIT (Managed Education and Registry Information Tool) is an online portal that helps professionals in the field of early care and education in Washington:

  • Keep track of their education and training experience
  • Find training opportunities by state-approved trainers
  • Share their qualifications with current and future employers
  • Complete a portable background check application
  • Be recognized and receive awards for their professional achievements

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Who should use MERIT?

MERIT is for anyone who works in early care and education, including facilities and programs such as:

  • Family home child care
  • Child care centers
  • Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)
  • Head Start
  • School-age child care

MERIT is also for those who support early care and education:

  • Administrators, including facility directors and program supervisors
  • Coaches and trainers
  • K–12 educators and higher education faculty
How do I enter my education and training experience in MERIT?
  • First, go to MERIT and create an account. If you already have an account, just log in.
  • Then follow the five easy steps to complete your education application. 

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More questions?

What is a Professional Development Achievement Award?

How do I get my award?

What degrees and majors does DEL recognize?

How do I submit my transcripts and certificates so that DEL can verify them?

What documents does DEL accept as proof of my education?

What do I do if I earned my degree in a country other than the United States?

What do I do if my transcripts are not in English?

How do I appeal a decision made by DEL about my MERIT record?


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