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  • Send inquiries about your MERIT record with your first & last name and date of birth by e-mail tomerit@del.wa.gov or call 1-866-482-4325,option 8.
  • MACTE approved credentials are now included in the WA CAREER LATTICE.
To participate in the Teacher Registry you must file a Profile Form and receive a MERIT ID #.  Bring this number with you to every event for signing in.  Your participation at the event is reported by PNMA with our submission of the event report. 
Consult details on our STARS page for registration and reimbursement of event fees.

The Managed Education and Registry Information Tool (MERIT) replaced the STARS database as the place to house information on MERIT-approved trainings and training organizations. Child care providers and other early learning professionals can now search MERIT for available trainers and training organizations.

PNMA is still an Organization in the MERIT database.  Approved trainers can select Pacific NW Montessori Association as an administrative organization to handle registration and reporting of a training or event.  To consult with us send your request to info@pnma.org

PNMA Events are submitted for approval as Special Events by our Board Members. PNMA as a sponsoring organization will maintain our system of reporting for MERIT and providing certificates. You will be asked to provide your MERIT ID# during on line registration and verify the # at the event check-in.

The following information is on the site introducing the application for reimbursement:

The MERIT online application is used to request a reimbursement for the cost of any state-approved training(s) that you have completed within the past 12 months. To be eligible for a reimbursement you must also be currently employed in a DEL licensed or certified child care facility. View each facility type below for the list of eligible job positions.

Child Care Center
  • Child Care Center Director
  • Child Care Center Program Supervisor
  • Child Care Lead Teacher
  • Child Care Assistant or Aide
  • Child Care Center Assistant Director
Family Child Care Home
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • Family Child Care Primary Worker
  • Family Child Care Assistant
  • Family Child Care Licensee
School-Age Center
  • School-Age Program Director
  • School-Age Site Coordinator
  • School-Age Lead Staff or Group Leader
  • School-Age Child Care Assistant
  • School-Age Assistant Director
You may apply for a training reimbursement one time per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) for any amount up to $150.00. Eligible trainings include any state-approved annual continuing education training or the basic STARS training that meets the initial licensing requirement.

Trainings not eligible for reimbursement include:

  • Any non-state-approved training.
  • Trainings approved for STARS hours though a Continuing Education Proposal.
IMPORTANT: Your training reimbursement will be sent to the mailing address in your MERIT professional record. To ensure that you receive your reimbursement in a timely manner, please make sure your address is recorded correctly.

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