Electronic Attendance System Training and Learning Lab Schedule 

Early Achievers is Washington's Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) for child care facilities that commit to providing high-quality early learning experiences for children birth to 5 years old. Washington State is among 36 other states that are in the process of implementing or testing a QRIS. Early Achievers is designed to support all programs no matter if you are just starting out in child care or if you’ve been providing high quality care for years.

Early Achievers participants receive support and training from Child Care Resources in preparation for a quality rating based on a set of standards that have been shown to promote school readiness in children. The four quality standard areas are:

  • Child Outcomes
  • Curriculum & Learning Environment & Supports
  • Professional Development
  • Family Engagement & Support

We know that when children have access to high-quality experiences from birth through age 5, they are more likely to be successful in school and later in life.

Early Achievers is unique among other states’ QRIS programs, in that participation is inclusive of many different early learning settings. Early Achievers participants can be licensed family child care homes or licensed child care centers, as well as Head Start or ECEAP and certified tribal or military facilities. The program is a statewide system administered by the Department of Early Learning. Child Care Resources is the contracted agency in King and Pierce Counties that partners with participating licensed family child care homes and child care centers to provide onsite technical assistance, coaching and professional development and training.

It's a great time to be in Early Achievers!

Here's why:

  • More free supports and incentives
  • Grant money available. Act now, this funding is limited!
  • Increased Working Connections Child Care subsidy reimbursement rates
  • Early Achievers ratings displayed on Child Care Check for parents to search
  • Free resources and STARS training
  • Personalized coaching
  • Financial Awards
  • Scholarships

Early Achievers has been updated, simplified, and improved overall and it's here to stay!

Early Achievers has been fully-funded and written into state law with the passage of the Early Start Act this summer. 

Already enrolled in Early Achievers?  Please contact us for information and registration: provider@childcare.org

Child Care Resources has a newsletter exclusively for Early Achievers participants! This newsletter highlights benefits of the program, as well as provide you with helpful tips and resources along your continous quality improvement journey. The newsletter is available in Somali, Spanish and English. Click the image below to take a look!

For more information about Early Achievers, please visit the Department of Children, Youth, and Families.

Here's what other Early Achievers participants have to say about their experience:

"I've been working in child care for a long time, but my technical assistance specialist has taught me things I didn't know."  – Nima, Family Child Care Owner in Kent

"The Early Achievers program brings a lot of excitement to look forward to. I have been very impressed." – Tali, Center Director in South King County