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Early Achievers Institutes


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Beginning in 2013, CQEL collaborated with Child Care Aware of Washington and the Washington State Department of Early Learning to produce the Early Achievers Institutes.These Institutes are designed to provide additional support on the Early Achievers Standards to Early Achievers participants, with sessions ranging from improving instructional support to incorporating developmental screenings.

The first Institute was held in SeaTac in June 2013 and hosted 300 Early Achievers participants, including program directors, teachers, and classroom assistants. The second Institute was held in Spokane in July and hosted an additional 250 early learning professionals.
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In March 2014, the first Central Washington Early Achievers Institute was held in Yakima, Washington. This Institute was unique in that every session was offered in both English and Spanish, and almost every topic was offered multiple times. More than 260 providers attended, largely from the Central and Eastern Washington regions.

Early Achievers Institutes bring together experts in the field of early childhood education to inspire Early Achievers best practices! Sessions topics include Positive Behavior Support, STEM, Infant and Toddler Care, Engaging Interactions, and high quality environments. The Institutes also include the popular “Make and Take” Room, in which attendees can create items to take back to their environments, as well as the “Working Lab”, where participants can tour a mock classroom gaining tips and tricks from this well-designed environment. All Early Achievers participants are welcome and invited to attend. Sessions are offered in English, Spanish, and Somali and can provide translation for attendees who request other languages. Come with colleagues! This is a great opportunity for team building, community connections, and to earn STARS and Clock hours.

2017 Early Achievers Institute Dates

Eastern Institute – October 19-22, 2017, Hotel RL Spokane at the Park
Registration here.  For further information about the agenda and lodging scholarships check out our event website!


Please contact us at if you have questions about the Early Achievers Institutes. To download materials from previous Institute sessions, please visit our Training Materials Archive.