Early Achievers Opportunity Grant

August  15, 2013

Kirkland, Wash.: Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Early Learning's Early Achievers program, is offering opportunities for childcare professionals to earn certificates and/or an associate degree in Early Childhood Education.

The Early Achievers Opportunity Grant provides funding (tuition, books, and student support services) to help students earn stackable certificates, leading to an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. By providing scholarship funds, the Early Achievers Opportunity Grant allows childcare professionals to further their career development while expanding knowledge and skillsets in early childhood education. Funding is provided by the Washington State Department of Early Learning and the US Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT) grant.

Eligibility requirement for childcare professionals:

  • Washington State residency

  • Employment at an Early Achievers childcare facility (10 hrs/week; 40 hrs/month; minimum of 3 months)

  • Plan to pursue an early childhood education certificate or AA degree

  • Completed application

Lake Washington Institute of Technology will be holding information sessions for interested students on Wednesday, August 21, at 7pm and again on Monday, September 9, at 7pm. Both sessions will be held in the Early Learning Center, S8, at LWTech's Kirkland Campus. Directions and campus maps can be found at www.lwtech.edu/directions. For more information on the program and information sessions, contact Shanti Connors at (425) 739-8358 or shanti.connors@lwtech.edu.

Early Achievers, Washington's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), is Washington's voluntary program for helping early learning programs offer high-quality care. Additional information can be found at www.del.wa.gov/care/qris.


Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is a broad-based polytechnic college providing education in more than 40 areas of study and offering pathways to certificates, associate degrees and a baccalaureate degree designed to give students the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today's workplace. Founded in 1949, LWTech offers hands-on, real-world training in manufacturing, transportation, energy, business, allied health, engineering, computer and information systems, food and hospitality, and health and fitness. For information and news about LWTech programs, please visit lwtech.edu/press_room.