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Early Achievers Grant

Early Achievers is a financial aid program that assists students that are employed child care providers in early learning and are pursuing a certificate or degree in early childhood education.


In order to be eligible for the Early Achievers Grant, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Washington State resident as defined in RCW 28B.15.012
  • Be employed at a childcare facility, family home care or Head Start/ECEAP program that is actively participating in the Department of Children, Youth, and Families' Early Achievers (QRIS) program. The student must work a minimum of 10 hours a week or 40 hours per month at an eligible childcare The student must also have worked for an employer for a minimum of three (3) months. The Department of Children, Youth, and Families will provide the colleges with access to information regarding eligible employers. The student must provide work history documentation to the college and update the college with any changes to their employment or their employer's information.
  • Make a formal application to the program.
  • Enroll in an Early Achievers Grant-eligible education program.

*Students employed by Head Start may receive Early Achiever Grant funding for one course (up to 5 credits) per quarter for a maximum of three quarters. Students employed by HeadStart may not exceed 15 total credits supported with Early Achiever Grant funds.

For more information, please contact Sally Lockhart or Jennifer Weinmann.