How do I access the classes?
At the top of the page, click on "Sign-up" and follow the instructions. If you are accessing the site from a mobile device, you may see a black box with white lines that you need to click on to get to the option to "Sign Up" or "Login."
I live outside of Snohomish County. Can I take the classes?
Yes. The classes are available to anyone.
Are your trainers state-approved to provide in-service/STARS credits?
Snohomish Health District child care health program staff are state-approved trainers. All classes offered are approved for in-service (STARS) credit for child care and early learning professionals in Washington State.
How do I access certificates for previously completed online STARS classes?
Your certificate will be available to you immediately upon successful completion of each class. It should pop up on the screen when you finish. For any class you have completed previously on our online learning portal, you can access it in the following way:
1) Log in to your account on the online learning portal at
2) From the home page, click on the word "PROGRESS" on the right side of the screen.
3) From the options across the top of the screen, click on the word "Certifications."
All of your completed STARS class certificates are available here. Just click on the circle symbol to the right side and the certificate will pop up on the screen. You can print certificates from here at any time or save a PDF copy to your computer.
How do I receive in-service/STARS credit for a completed learning course?
1) Log in to your account on the online learning portal at
2) Click on "Course Catalog" near the top right of the page.
3) Find the learning course that you completed in the course catalog. Directly after that course is the STARS Credit Course you will need to select and pay for to receive your STARS credit.
4) Click on the blue box "Get this course" and follow the instructions. Select "Checkout" and then you will be able to pay through your established PayPal account or you can enter your credit or debit card information.
5) After paying for the course, click the blue button to "Start the Course" and then click the "Complete" button on the bottom of the page. Your certificate will pop up on the screen and will also be available in your account for access at any time. Finishing these last couple of steps also alerts our staff to enter your credit into the MERIT system.
If I sign up for a course and then decide I do not want to take it, how do I remove it from “My courses”?
To remove a course you do not want to take, click on your name in the pale green bar at the top of the screen on your home page. From that menu, select “My courses.” To unenroll from the course, click on the “–” sign to the right of the class name. It will change to a “+” sign, which means you are no longer enrolled.
I completed and paid for my course. Why is my credit not showing up in MERIT?
Our staff must manually enter completed classes into the DCYF MERIT system. This is done around the first and the sixteenth of each month. Please allow about 2 weeks after completion of your class for the credits to show up in MERIT. If you have received your certificate through our system, then your name and the course you completed will be on the list of credits to enter into MERIT the next time it is done.
I got to the end of a free course and my certificate did not get issued. What do I do?
If you get to the end of a free course and your certificate did not show up, there may be a unit that was missed. When you log in to the system the home screen shows your list of classes. Click on the title of the course for which you did not receive your certificate. On the course information page, under the word "CONTENT" you will see a list of all the course units. Most units will have a green checkmark. Click on any unit title that does not have a green checkmark to complete that unit. Once all the units have a green checkmark, your certificate should be automatically issued. If you are still having issues, please send us a message through the in-app messaging or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help correct the problem.
How to I get reimbursed for my trainings through DCYF?
According to the DCYF website, "DCYF offers reimbursement for state-approved training cost for professionals currently employed in a licensed facility. You may apply for a training reimbursement only once per DYCF fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) for up to $250, while funding is available." Trainings need to be verified through your MERIT account. You can find specific information on how to submit a reimbursement application to DCYF through your MERIT account on their website at https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/earlylearning-profdev/merit.
I have multiple invoices in my account. Why? I want to make sure I'm only charged once per class.
Only invoices that say "paid" indicate that a card has been charged. Any invoices that say "pending" are not valid. It means that the system has attempted to charge the user's card, but a payment has not been made. Only "paid" invoices indicate payment.
How do I change my password?
You can change your password by clicking on your name in the pale green bar at the top of the screen on your home page. From that dropdown menu, select "My Info." On the screen that comes up you will be able to type in a new password.
I forgot my password. How can I have it reset?
If you need to have your password reset, please send an email to email@example.com. We will be able to reset your password for you during normal business hours.
I have questions that were not answered here. What do I do?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, message us through the in-app messaging system, or call us at 425-252-5415 and we will be more than happy to help you.