Year: 2012

  Washington Governor Christine Gregoire released her final budget plan this week and gave early learning one last boost, proposing a big increase for the state’s preschool program and more support for the Department of Early Learning.   The governor’s new budget would add 5,125 new spots to the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program,[…..]

  Hello Everyone   I’ve had a few inquiries regarding the monthly ELRC calls for 2013 so I wanted to confirm the schedule prior to the holidays.   I understand that the third Tuesday of every month from 2:00-3:00 was a time everyone agreed on in the past, unless I hear any major objections we[…..]

  Governor Gregoire released her Book 1 and Book 2 budgets this morning.  Her Book 1 budget is the constitutionally required balanced budget based upon the current budget outlook with no new revenue sources.  The Governor also proposed a Book 2 budget which includes new options for revenue and investment.  While this is only a[…..]

  The holiday season is in full swing and that means shopping, downtime, and school vacations. To help, I’m offering a totally subjective guide to children’s literature, this year featuring picture books. The list is far from scientific, though it features well-established authors. “The Story of Holly & Ivy” by Rumer Godden and Barbara Cooney.[…..]

  Hello All   We have a couple of important updates regarding your contracts for 2013.  First I wanted to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication in completing the RFP this year.  There are so many great examples of how critical you are in the implementation of the early learning plan statewide.  With[…..]

Washington state educators won another Race to the Top Competition Monday with a sweeping educational plan that contains a major push to improve early education.   A coalition of seven school districts landed a $40 million grant in the latest federal Race to the Top contest that focused on districts. One of plan’s eight strategies[…..]

  In Washington state, legislators are getting ready for a new session and they may want to add a new American Prospect story about how Oklahoma built a universal pre-kindergarten system to their reading list.   Among the article’s strongest points, and it has many, is the way it describes how Oklahoma’s pre-k system was[…..]

  The following was received by Thrive and we’re just passing along!   Request for LOI | Evaluation design executive summary | Theory of change summary   Request for Letters of Interest (RFLOI) from community networks working to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Washington State   ACTION REQUESTED:  Please disseminate to your networks in[…..]

  Hello All   This is a brief reminder to RSVP for the December 11th Advancing Racial Equity Stakeholder meeting if you haven’t already done so.  We will be meeting from 9:00-3:30 at the Northwest African American Museum.  Please send RSVP’s to Dan Torres at   ARE Stakeholder Meeting Date:  Tuesday, December 11th Time: […..]

  The Great Recession ended more than three years ago, but in key ways children are still stuck in the economic downturn, with the number relying on food stamps continuing to rise and the child poverty rate remaining high, a new report says.   Today, 46 million Americans use food stamps, officially known as the[…..]