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