· Washington State Career Lattice Awards: The Washington State Career Lattice is intended to be a professional development tool to plan your career in early learning, including training and educational goals. Made available through the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant opportunity, Early Care & Education (ECE) and School-Age (SA) professionals placed on the Career Lattice are able to request monetary awards beginning in January 2013 as recognition of their education, employment and training accomplishments. More information can be found at: http://www.del.wa.gov/requirements/professional/lattice.aspx . Watch the video tutorial for the Career Lattice to learn how you can maximize this tool.
· State-Approved Training Reimbursements: The Department of Early Learning (DEL) offers cost reimbursement for training taken from state-approved trainers in Washington. Professionals who currently work in child care facilities licensed or certified by DEL can access this opportunity through their MERIT professional record. Previously, this was offered through a contract with the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC). More information attached, and will be available at: http://www.del.wa.gov/requirements/professional/financial.aspx .
· State-Approved Trainer Support: The Department of Early Learning (DEL) values our approved trainers who provide quality educational opportunities to Washington’s early care and education and school-age professionals. Now available are financial resources to support your career as a trainer. This application is currently available in MERIT, and we will be sharing more information on the DEL website at: http://www.del.wa.gov/requirements/professional/financial.aspx and http://www.del.wa.gov/requirements/professional/approval.aspx .
Our frequently asked questions for professionals and trainers, and the MERIT user manuals are currently under revision to include the exciting opportunities above. We are also building quick-step application guides and tutorials to help professionals in a variety of ways. If you have questions about the above, please contact MERIT support services at firstname.lastname@example.org . All professional development related information can be found on the DEL website at: http://www.del.wa.gov/requirements/professional/Default.aspx .
Thank for your continued support as we build Washington’s professional development system for early care and education and school-age professionals.
MERIT Support Services
Department of Early Learning
PO Box 40970
Olympia, WA 98504-0970
Phone: 1.866.482.4325, option 8