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Provider Consultation

Once you are registered with Early Achievers, CCAC offers consultation on many topics including child guidance, circle time, parent communication, working with children’s special needs, lesson planning, curriculum and administration. CCAC offers individual orientation sessions once you are signed up for Early Achievers through their MERIT account. >>Sign up now

In-Service Training

CCAC trainers are available to come to your center to offer STARS classes designed for your staff and center. Contact Connie Doughtery, Professional Development Coordinator, 360-786-8907 x108 to request a topic from our training calendars or to discuss other potential topics. Not only is in-service training convenient, but when you host a class for 10 or more, two of your staff are trained free!

Washington Scholarships for Child Care Professionals

Washington Scholarships supports early learning professionals who wish to expand and enrich their expertise in Early Childhood Education. Our goal is to advance the early learning field by improving the educational qualifications, incentives and retention of the early childhood workforce. Please visit for more information.

Imagine Institute

The Imagine Institute offers grassroots professional development opportunities that work for early learning professionals. The Imagine Institute respects the knowledge early learning professionals already possess and strive to offer relevant, respectful, and responsive supports for professional success. Services include training, Imagine U (Mentor Program), and Substitute Pool. >>Details and eligibility

Child Development Associate

Looking to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) national credential? Here is what you need to know:

  • All CCAC classes can be applied toward the education requirements for your initial CDA or CDA renewal.
  • CCAC class descriptions will indicate which CDA subject area the class applies to.
  • The CDA is awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition. You can access their website and all the information you need at
  • Some of our staff members are approved to conduct CDA observations (a required step in your CDA process). You will find a list of qualified observers at
  • As an alternative to the CDA, you may wish to consider a Washington early childhood initial certificate, which does not require renewal. Certificates are offered through your local community college.


Department of Children, Youth, and Families:

Basic Child Care Licensing Information: 

Individuals and agencies that offer child care must be licensed through the State of Washington with few exceptions. You need to be licensed if:
  • You are caring for a child or children who are not related to you (except a close relative); 

  • The care is on an ongoing, regularly scheduled basis for the purpose of engaging in business.

  • Persons who care for a relative's, neighbor’s or friend’s child or children (known as Family, Friend and Neighbor {FFN}) with or without compensation, where the person providing care for periods of less than twenty-four hours does not conduct such an activity on an ongoing, regularly scheduled basis for the purpose of engaging business, which includes but is not limited to, advertising.  Such care is not required to be licensed but is an option for FFN providers. 

For more information about licensing, visit the Department of Children, Youth, and Families Licensing web page.