MERIT is an online portal that helps professionals in the field of early care and education in Washington:

  • Keep track of their education and training experience
  • Find training opportunities by state-approved trainers
  • Share their qualifications with current and future employers
  • Complete a portable background check application
  • Be recognized and receive awards for their professional achievements

Who Should Use MERIT?

MERIT is for anyone who works in early care and education, including facilities and programs such as:

  • Family home child care
  • Child care centers
  • Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)
  • Head Start
  • School-age child care

MERIT is also for those who support early care and education:

  • Administrators, including facility directors and program supervisors
  • Coaches and trainers
  • K–12 educators and higher education faculty