STARS 20 Hour Basic Online for School-Age Staff 

Training Designed for Washington State Child Care Professionals
20 Hour Basic Training Provided by Successful Solutions Training in Child Development in Partnership with Claudette Lindquist, Advanced STARS Educator

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Applying for a STARS ID Number

STARS ID numbers are required by law to be employed in child care!  This is not optional.

STARS ID numbers are required to record completed STARS training.  Provide us with your STARS ID number on the evaluation form at the end of the training.

STARS ID numbers are issued by the Washington State Dept. of Early Learning (child care licensing) on the STARS Registry website (MERIT). 

Below are the instructions that have been provided by DEL regarding STARS ID numbers.

To apply for a STARS ID on-line:

  1. Go to the MERIT homepage:

  2. Register for an account on MERIT

  3. Go to the Sign In page and enter your username (your email address) and your password.

    • Your username is your email address. (Example)

    • You may reset your password if necessary using your email address. To do this, click on “Forgot Your Password?” and follow the instructions. You will receive a temporary password in an email.

  4. Once you sign in to your account, go to the Applications tab.

  5. Click on the application Apply for STARS ID.

  6. Follow the application steps to receive your STARS ID immediately.

For questions regarding MERIT, or for help completing the online application, please review the frequently asked questions (FAQ) and the Early Learning Professional User Manual, both located on the homepage.

Once you create your account and complete a training, the trainer/training organization will post the STARS training credit on your account. Please be sure to give the trainer your name and/or STARS ID and keep all original certificates for your records; provide only a copy of certificates to the requestor.

Any further concerns about your STARS ID number, should be directed to MERIT at  1.866.482.4325 and choose option 8.  Or by email at

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