Washington State’s early learning quality rating and improvement system, called Early Achievers, is helping to build a system of high-quality early learning opportunities for all children. As of Dec. 1, 2014, 50%, or 477 of the 950 licensed child care providers in the Road Map Project region, were participating in Early Achievers. When child care providers sign up to participate in Early Achievers, they can receive coaching and other resources, which can help improve the quality of their care. Participating providers are supported in completing a rating process conducted by a team from the University of Washington.
In 2014, 58 participating organizations in the Road Map Project region were rated, and 30 received a Quality Level of Excellence, according to the Washington State Department of Early Learning (as of Dec. 1, 2014). In 2015, many more providers will participate in coaching and other professional development opportunities, as well as completing the rating process.