Are you looking for annual Washington MERIT training hours? If so, Care Courses offers excellent distance-learning courses for completing your required STARS hours wherever and whenever is most convenient for you.
Washington’s State Training and Registry System (STARS) records all employment, training, and educational histories for early childhood professionals in the state. Run by Washington’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), STARS – also referred to as the MERIT registry – is a great tool for learning valuable information about childcare. It can also help early childhood professionals locate relevant training opportunities in the early learning field and document their professional development.
Additionally, early childhood professionals in Washington State must complete some continuing education courses each year that are approved by STARS/MERIT. Early childhood professionals in Washington who have been cumulatively working in child care for 12 months must complete 10 hours of annual STARS hours training each year. This requirement makes sure that child care providers in Washington State are continually enhancing and improving their own skills.
Worried about completing your STARS hours on time? Look no further than Care Courses. All Care Courses are approved through Washington STARS for continuing education clock hours. Our continuing education courses can be used for early childcare professionals who work in child care centers, family home child care programs, and school-age child care programs. Care Courses is for directors, volunteers, assistants, teachers, and everyone in between! To see our STARS hours approved courses, please visit MERIT’s website. Care Courses is found using the organization search.
After creating your Care Courses account, make sure to add your Washington state MERIT Registry ID number to your Care Courses account under the Basic Info area of your account. Then, email us at info@CareCourses.com so we can report your training for your approved STARS Washington state hours. Once we have your ID, we will automatically report future Care Courses to the WA STARS registry.
Are you interested in starting a day care or home-based child care facility in Washington State? Before taking our training, please contact your state licensing agency first using the contact information on our Washington State training page. Washington DCYF will give you advice on the requirements, rules and regulations for starting a family home early learning program, child care center early learning program, or a school-age child care program.
Please let us know how we can be of additional assistance! Call us: 1-800-685-7610, Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET, or email us days, evenings and weekends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!