Looking for online training that is approved for STARS / MERIT credit?  Look no further!  SafeGard Classes Online has over 200 high-quality childcare classes with a mobile-friendly website so you can take your classes on any device, even on your phone!  From Administration to Professionalism, our classes cover the most popular and relevant topics in childcare, to keep you at your best every day!

Take a look at our Knowledge Collection series that bundle our most popular classes together into specific topic areas for your convenience. Or, if you'd like to get all your 10-hours of annual training at once, try one of our discounted STARS packages.

We also have the required introductory 30-hour Child Care Basics course and the 30-hour School Age Basics course, in addition to HIV/AIDS and Bloodborne Pathogens, all easily accessible online.

We also have a wide variety of approved classes in Spanish

How do I know which classes are approved for STARS / MERIT credit hours?

Browse our child care training course catalog and select Washington as your state from the dropdown menu on the right.  All classes with a green checkmark in the class description box are approved for Washington State STARS / MERIT credit hours.


How are my completed classes reported to my MERIT account?

Once you have created an account in DCYF's Managed Education and Registry Information Tool (MERIT), be sure to add your STARS ID # in your SafeGard Classes Online profile.  SafeGard Classes Online will post all your completed STARS training to your account, typically within a week of completing your classes.

Can I get reimbursed for these classes?

Yes, all approved classes are eligible for reimbursement from the Washington Department of Children, Youth and Family (DCYF) through the MERIT system.  Professionals who currently work in child care facilities licensed or certified by DCYF may be eligible for reimbursement of up to $250 per fiscal year for approved training courses on a first-come, first-serve basis. Find out more about this reimbursement on DCYF's training reimbursement information page.

DCYF also offer Professional Development Achievement awards for educational advancements.  You can submit your education for verification and apply for an achievement award in one easy application. Just sign into MERIT and click on the My Education tab to begin.

Can I access my class right away and is there a time limit to take my classes?

Yes, your classes are added to your account immediately after ordering and there is no expiration date--classes can be taken at your convenience.  You can take them on any device and can stop and start as often as you need, so you take care of the inevitable interruptions of life!

Your certificate of completion will be available in your account immediately upon finishing your class.  And once you have completed your classes, they will remain in your account for you to review at any time, for FREE!

Sounds good--how do I get started?

If you're new to our site, take a look at our New User Guide for more information on how to use our site or just create an account and get started!  If you're returning to us, we're glad to have you back again!  You can login with your same username and password as you had on our previous site and all your information will be available on your personalized dashboard.


Thank you for selecting SafeGard Classes Online for your Washington State approved STARS / MERIT training classes.  If you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback, please contact us--we'd love to hear from you!

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