Early Achievers, Washington's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), is Washington's voluntary program for helping early learning programs offer high-quality care.
Managed Education and Registry Information Tool (MERIT)
MERIT is the Department of Early Learning?s (DEL) online training database for Early Learning and Child & Youth Development Professionals. It helps manage the State Training and Registry System (STARS) trainings.
Washington State Child Care Aware Network
The Washington State Child Care Resource & Referral website has links to all the local CCR&R agencies in the state. Also lots of wonderful information about issues impacting child care.
Information about college scholarships for licensed family child providers and child care center staff.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Come here to check out the latest information on NAEYC's conferences and publications, plus information on accreditation, advocacy, policy issues, and NAEYC membership. Our local chapter is the
Washington Association for the Education of Young Children
WAEYC is the professional association for those who work with young children, aged birth to eight, in Washington State. WAEYC provides information about professional development and educational opportunities. WAEYC also provides information about advocacy issues in Washington State and is a voice for quality early education.
The Talaris Institute provides cutting-edge research and tools to improve the social, emotional and cognitive development of young children.
Thrive By Five
Washington's public-private partnership that strives to ensure all children in our state succeed in school and in life.
Governor's Early Learning Page
Keep up-to-date on what's happening in our state around early learning.
Washington Learns is Governor Gregoire's initiative to examine our state's education system?from early learning to K?12 to higher education?and find ways to improve it.
The Idea Box
All the curriculum and activity ideas you need in one place.
National Child Care Information Center
Visit this site to find information on research and initiatives going on in the child care field. This page is also an excellent source for information on each state's ratios, teacher qualifications, demographics, and more.
NACCRRA- National Association of Child Care Aware Agencies
NACCRRA is the national network of community-based child care aware agencies. NACCRRA provides technical consultation and resources to member child care aware agencies. Visit this website to find out more information and discover the benefits of membership.
NAFCC- National Association for Family Child Care
The mission of NAFCC is to support the profession of family child care and to encourage high-quality care for children. NAFCC promotes high-quality family child care through accreditation, leadership training, technical assistance, public education, and policy initiatives. Visit the website to find out more about this organization.
Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
C.H.E.F.® is committed to what health education can do for individuals and communities. Learn about how we can be your partners in prevention and education.
USA Child Care
This site is devoted to giving child care providers a voice in legislation that ensures high quality child care in the United States.
Child Care Aware
Child Care Aware is a non-profit initiative committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child care and child care resources in their community. We do this by raising visibility for local child care aware agencies nationwide, and by connecting parents with the local agencies best equipped to serve their needs.
Department of Early Learning
The Division of Child Care and Early Learning licenses and regulates child care homes and centers in the state of Washington. Visit their website to learn more.
National Parent Information Network
As part of the ERIC clearinghouse on elementary and early childhood education, this site focuses on information for parents. You will find a lot of great resources, including a magazine, discussion list, conference events, state networks, an ?ask-ERIC? section, and much more.
Zero to Three
Zero to Three is a national non-profit charitable organization whose aim is to strengthen and support families, practitioners and communities to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers. Visit this website to find information and resources for both parents and professionals.
Jane Nelson's site about positive discipline. Question of the week as well as many informative articles about positive discipline for all age groups.
This website contains a library of specific diagnoses and a wide range of topics related to special needs. There is information about connecting with other people, health care and product information, message boards, community and educational resources, places of worship, options for recreation and leisure, and a guide to the Internet.
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