Early Achievers

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) training’s.

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.

Washington Scholarships

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.

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.

Talaris Institute

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.

The Idea Box

All the curriculum and activity ideas you need in one place.

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.

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.

Child Care Aware College Directory

The overview of WA State Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs of study is a comprehensive list of community colleges, technical colleges, and colleges/universities that offer ECE certificates and degrees.

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.

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.

Positive Discipline

Jane Nelson’s site about positive discipline. Question of the week as well as many informative articles about positive discipline for all age groups.

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