College Programs & Scholarships

In Washington, we can improve the quality of early learning programs by increasing the skills and education levels of those who work with children. Our state's system helps early learning professionals choose a program that best fits their needs and get financial assistance. 

How do I find out what college and program is best for me?

If you’re thinking about becoming an early learning professional or wondering how to build your skills in early childhood education, the Early Childhood Education Career Planning Portal can help you:

  • Learn about careers and career pathways in early childhood education
  • Find a Certificate, Associate’s, or Bachelor’s degree program
  • Get connected with an early childhood education program advisor at a college or university near you
  • Learn about financial aid for early childhood education programs and how to apply

Go to the Early Childhood Education Career Planning Portal and get started today!

What are Early Childhood Education Stackable Certificates?

Washington’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) Stackable Certificates provide students with a clear path to furthering their education. Colleges across the state offer common courses, course titles, course numbers, course descriptions and student outcomes making it easy to transfer and complete the certificate program.

Learn about ECE Stackable Certificates and find contact information for participating colleges -  Washington State Stackable Certificates

How can I get support with paying for college?

Child care providers who participate in Early Achievers, Washington’s child care quality rating and improvement system, receive support to improve the quality of care they offer children and families.

Early Achievers Grants help employed child care providers and early learning educators complete certificates and associate degrees in early childhood education. 

Child Care Aware of Washington scholarships support early learning educators to complete Bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education or a similar approved field or a Montessori Credential at a MACTE approved academy.