Early Achievers

Temporary Actions in Response to COVID-19

Gov. Inslee’s Proclamation 20-31.11, which put a hold on Early Achievers timeline requirements beginning March 26, 2020, will remain in effect until the State of Emergency is lifted. At that point in time, the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) will update providers with what to expect when timelines resume. If you are interested, you can visit the Governor’s website for up-to-date information on proclamations.


There will be no Early Achievers data collection visits beginning on March 17, 2020. Data collection is paused because many early learning programs are not operating as usual due to COVID-19. Programs that had an on-site evaluation in data collection window two (January 16 – March 15) will have their ratings published on April 15, 2020, per the data collection schedule.

Once programming returns to typical operation, the data collection team will work with early learning programs to ensure a smooth rescheduling process.

DCYF appreciates the important service providers offer to families in Washington during this difficult time. During this time, rather than conducting data collection, we are deploying data collectors to the field to support child care providers who may need additional staff to support families who must continue working during the outbreak.

March 17, 2020

As long as your program remains in the queue for data collection, your timeline will not be affected. When data collection resumes, sites will receive information from their community liaison about updates to the data collection schedule.

March 17, 2020

Providers can still request their on-site evaluation to meet timeline requirements. As long as your program remains in the queue for data collection, your timeline will not be affected. Once programming returns to normal, your community liaison will work with you to ensure the scheduling process is smooth.

March 17, 2020

Providers can continue to request on-site evaluation and will be placed in the queue. We will continue to update our plans for Early Achievers as this situation unfolds. Please refer to our website https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/coronavirus-covid-19 for updates or contact us at dcyf.covid-19@dcyf.wa.gov with any questions.

March 17, 2020