Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player



Child Care Aware Is A 'Godsend' For Parents

Darci Hedden of Selah tried unsuccessfully for two months to find quality child care for her twin babies, Max and Ava. Some child care centers were full. Others had space for only one of her twins...




Washington's Managed Education & Registry Information Tool

MERIT is an online tool used to document and recognize the professional achievements of early care & education and school-age professionals in the State of Washington. This online tool is owned and operated by the Department of Early Learning (DEL) and manages State Training and Registry System (STARS) training in accordance with Washington Administrative Code (WAC). 

You can use this online tool to:

  • Submit a Portable Background Check Application.
  • Search for state-approved trainings, trainers and organizations.
  • Create and maintain a professional record with state-verified data that will guide you along a career pathway.
  • Become a state-approved trainer to provide accessible, high-quality educational opportunities for those who work with children and families.
  • Build a profile for your child care facility and use MERIT as an online management tool.

To sign in to MERIT, click HERE.

For more information & and resources, visit the MERIT Homepage.