Category: Birth to Thrive Blog

Head Start turns 50 this week, a milestone that reminds us that in many ways the War-on-Poverty program pioneered the path that led to today’s push for a broad and high-quality early education system. Over the last half-century Head Start showed us how to build an effective preschool, from the importance of parental engagement and[…..]

Washington state is improving its public preschool system — it met nine out of ten quality benchmarks in a new national report — though it ranks lower in access to those preschool classrooms. In the annual State of Preschool, Washington was eighth in state spending; it spent $6,658 per child last year. On access to[…..]

Today, Thrive held its annual Leadership Luncheon to celebrate our state’s progress in early learning and the work we do with many partners statewide. Below is Thrive President & CEO Sam Whiting’s speech to nearly 500 attendees at The Westin Seattle.   Thanks for coming today, everybody.   And special thanks to Megan and Bentley[…..]

  What is the value of a year in a high-quality preschool?   The answer to this question is complex and still emerging, but a new analysis may have provided a chunk of the answer this month by explaining what the Head Start Impact Study really tells us about the federal government’s largest preschool program.[…..]

  Congress is once again debating an overhaul of the nation’s overarching K-12 law, and the latest plan would improve early education, though those steps would be relatively small compared to initiatives in state capitols around the country.   This week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee is debating a bill that would revamp[…..]

  By Marlaina Simmons Program manager Olympic-Kitsap Peninsulas Early Learning Regional Coalition   Before I went to the Washington Capitol in late March, I was intimidated by the idea of acting as an advocate. It seemed scary, and like there was no way I, alone, could make a difference. But now I know that our[…..]

  Preschool can be a powerful tool that prepares students to succeed in school and life, but today six of 10 children don’t even attend public preschools that can make that difference, the U.S. Education Department reports.   In a new report, the Education Department lays out the stark reality that 59 percent of the[…..]

By Alan Walker North Central Early Learning Collaborative   Four members of the North Central Early Learning Collaborative had the great pleasure of participating in the Thrive Washington Advocacy Day on March 26. Nancy Spurgeon, Maria Vasquez, Gaby Fernandez and I made the trek to Olympia to meet with four elected officials. This was Gaby’s[…..]

  For the past year, a small facilitating workgroup and a large planning committee from federal Health Resources and Services Administration Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington) have come together virtually and by phone to create NEAR@Home, a toolkit for addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in home visiting. The group agrees that the ACEs[…..]

  State agencies, communities and key programs partner to better serve families receiving federal TANF funds   About 175 families receiving federal assistance will now have access to the high-quality home visiting programs that have the power to give their children a better start and change the future for their whole family.   It’s part[…..]