Traditional Washington STARS Online

Research has demonstrated that strong positive relationships between children and caregivers are linked to positive outcomes for children. Staff-child interactions are at the heart of child care programs.


Assignment A

Tips and Ideas

Forum: Let's Share

How does your child care program handle allergies?

Assignment B

Food Safety Scenario

Participate in the discussion board.


Assignment C

Family Style Dining

Participate in the discussion board.



Enroll in STARS TrainingWhat is STARS?


STARS is the acronym for State Training And Registry System


STARS is a Washington State mandated training program for child care providers. 

STARS is a career development system designed to improve child care through basic and ongoing training for child care providers. The Department of Early Learning (DEL) administers the STARS Registry, a web-based database that tracks provider records.



MERIT (Managed Education and Registry Information Tool)


MERIT replaces the STARS database as the place for information on STARS approved training and education. The Department of Early Learning (DEL) State agency in charge of child care licensing and managing the STARS program. Website:

The Managed Education and Registry Information Tool (MERIT) is a voluntary, statewide tool to document and recognize the professional achievements of early care & education and school-age professionals. This innovative online tool helps professionals find training opportunities, access information on career pathways, and track their individual career progress. MERIT also identifies approved trainers who provide education to professionals.

Over time, MERIT will also be used for:

  • Quality assurance and requirements for trainers and trainings to ensure that the workforce is receiving high-quality training that is linked to the state Core Competencies and Early Learning Guidelines.
  • Placement of individuals on a level of a career lattice based on verified training and education accomplishments.
  • Assisting DEL child care licensing staff in ensuring that state requirements for individuals and facilities are met.
  • Data collection on the early care & education and school-age workforce in order to identify trends and inform decision-making related to policy and investments.


MERIT is designed as a tool for all those who work with young children and their families in an early care & education or school-age program. This includes licensed child care professionals in family home and center-based care, Head Start professionals, Early Care and Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) professionals, preschool teachers, school-age professionals and administrators who support the direct care of children.


  MERIT–Frequently Asked Questions



The Department of Early Learning (DEL)


DEL licenses and monitor Washington's 7,400-plus licensed child care settings in family homes and centers that serve about 174,000 children. DEL licensors support child care business owners and their staff in offering safe, healthy care, and take action if settings are found to be unsafe for Washington's children. DEL also oversees the state professional development system (STARS) to help ensure that for those who care for and teach young children continue to increase their skills and education levels.


  Visit the DEL Website



Successful Solutions Training in Child Development


Approved for September 2012 DEL MERIT!!

Successful Solutions Training in Child Development is a subsidiary of Successful Solutions Professional Development LLC.

Successful Solutions Professional Development is a leading training organization offering the National Child Development Associate Credential Training, In-Service CEU courses for most states, an online Business Education Program, and accredited online Career Highschool.

We offer Washington STARS training in partnership with Claudette Lindquist an advanced STARS approved trainer.

We are independent STARS approved trainers, not affiliated with the Washington State Department of Early Learning or with WAEYC. We are approved by the STARS program to provide STARS training. All STARS training regulations/procedures, record keeping; and STARS ID’s are dictated or managed by the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL). The STARS Scholarship Program is managed by WAEYC.


  Visit Successful Solutions Student Enrollment Center





Washington Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC) is a professional association for those working with children ages birth through eight years old in Washington. WAEYC has 11 local Affiliate Chapters and 1600 members throughout the state.

WAEYC Administers the STARS scholarships and the conference support for the Department of Early Learning (DEL).


   STARS Scholarship Program Information



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