Wednesday, June 30, 2010

MERIT available for trainers and training organizations

The Department of Early Learning (DEL) is excited to announce that trainers and training organizations are now able to use the new Managed Education and Registry Information Tool (MERIT).

MERIT replaces the State Training and Registry System (STARS) database as the place to house information on STARS-approved training, training organizations and early learning professionals. DEL took the STARS database offline on April 1 to create a stronger, more user-friendly tool.
Starting today, current STARS-approved trainers and training organizations can:
  • Add present and future training offers to MERIT; and
  • Create, modify and delete trainings from MERIT
To sign in to MERIT for the first time, trainers and organizations will need the username and temporary password that DEL sent you. If you had problems receiving this information, contact Only current STARS-approved trainers and training organizations have access to MERIT at this time.
DEL hosted a webinar today to introduce trainers to the tool. Information will be made available after the training for those who missed the webinar at

Early learning professionals, including child care providers, will get access to MERIT at a later date to record training history and search available trainings. Child care providers must still follow licensing rules and take required STARS-approved trainings.

For STARS information, visit

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