Early Achievers

Temporary Actions in Response to COVID-19

On March 26, 2020 Governor Jay Inslee issued a proclamation to temporarily waive and suspend specific statutes related to Early Achievers in order to minimize barriers for early learning programs. This proclamation lifts the Early Achievers timeline requirements through April 25, 2020. This means that more providers may be able to offer subsidized child care for essential workers during this unprecedented time. In order to accept subsidy, a provider must enroll in Early Achievers, but there is no requirement to complete that task within any timeframe. Additionally, there are no timelines to complete any of the other steps, such as Level 2 activities or completing an initial rating. Currently rated providers must maintain their rating; to do this they simply submit a request for on-site evaluation and once data collection resumes, their community liaison will help sites have a smooth experience scheduling their data collection to renew their rating. DCYF will continue to issue QI awards to Early Achievers participants. DCYF will also continue TR payments for care that is authorized and claimed on your invoice to early learning sites through this state of emergency, even if those sites have temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

FAQs

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