What Is Early Achievers?
It's about the kids! It's about you!
More than 3,500 licensed providers are enrolled
in Early Achievers, reaching more than 75,000 children!
Early Achievers is funded by the Washington State Department of Early Learning through the Federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant, It is based upon research from the University of Washington that shows high-quality early care and education gives children a strong foundation that prepares them to succeed in school and beyond.
Early Achievers participants benefit from access to supports and resources grounded in early care research and best practices. They gain the expertise to make real quality improvements in their unique programs. And Early Achievers focuses on what providers are already doing best!
What are participants saying about Early Achievers?
"Our center is revitalized.The changes you helped us with have transformed play, learning and teaching. It's so exciting to see little things have such a great impact on everything and everyone in the center." ~ Kathy Stanley, KIDSPACE Child Enrichment Center, Vancouver
Early Achievers Fast Facts:
|What does it cost to join?|
|Nothing! Early Achievers is free for all participants.|
|What does Early Achievers mean for families?|
|Early Achievers provides an easy-to-understand rating system for child care and early learning programs to help them find high-quality child care. It also helps providers increase the quality of the care they provide.
|Am I eligible to join Early Achievers?|
|Most licensed providers are eligible. To find out for sure, click here.|
|How do I earn the Quality Improvement Awards?|
|Eligible Early Achievers participants who serve children on state subsidy earn annual Quality Improvement Awards once they rate a Level 3 or higher. Awards range from $2,000 to $9,000 per year.|
|How long will it take to become rated?|
|It depends on your schedule. Many Early Achievers participants request their ratings about 12 months after joining.|
|How long has Early Achievers been around?
Early Achievers began in July 2012 after Washington State won a Federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant in December 2011.
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