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What Is Early Achievers?

Learn about Early Achievers, Washington State's Quality Rating and Improvement System. What are the benefits of joining? What is involved? What will help providers meet the requirements and earn the cash incentives? What do other providers have to say about Early Achievers?

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It's about the kids! It's about you!

More than 3,500 licensed providers are enrolled

in Early Achievers, reaching more than 70,000 children!


Early Achievers is Washington's Quality Rating and Improvement System. 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

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Early Achievers providers have access to scholarships via Child Care Aware of Washington Scholarships.


Read the latest research about how quality early child care and education for children ages 0-8 makes a lasting difference for all children, including those living in poverty.


Learn more about Early Achievers and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems.


For information in Spanish or Somali visit the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families.

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