Month: January 2014

  Week at a glance   There is a huge number of issues before the Legislature. Like last week, this week there was a lot of activity on campus, particularly around policies related to firearms (e.g., universal background checks and protecting gun rights). Additionally, there are hundreds of bills before the Legislature for consideration. Given[…..]

  Four home visiting programs are receiving funding that is helping keep their doors open and allowing them to serve more families. The Home Visiting Services Account has awarded more than $240,000 to help the programs serve families with voluntary, home-based support from trained professionals.   Learn more about home visiting in Washington   Two[…..]

  This is the first in a series of blog posts about the Rural Home Visiting Project led by Thrive by Five Washington. You can also learn more here.   Families in remote and rural communities face unique challenges. They might have to drive an hour or more to reach a health care provider –[…..]

  Thrive by Five Washington awarded $230,000 to four organizations that will work to eliminate the opportunity gap in early learning efforts throughout Washington.   The organizations receiving racial equity grants developed plans to use a racial equity lens in implementing our state’s Early Learning Plan, specifically aligned to our state’s Racial Equity Theory of[…..]

The statewide Early Learning Regional Coalitions have been working to build the connections that make up a high-quality early learning system and to lift up communities’ voices to statewide agencies and policymakers.   Now in their fourth year of funding from Thrive by Five Washington, the regional coalitions continue that important work while also going[…..]

  President Barack Obama made another push in last night’s State of the Union for a state-federal partnership that could build a new early education system, but with a twist. The president suggested he might not wait for Congress.   Given the partisan fighting that has stalled work on many public policy issues in Congress,[…..]

  Week at a glance   Diverse groups visit Capitol campus. If you have ever been to visit our state Capitol during legislative session you know it is an exciting place. You are likely to see large groups of people walking around with a purpose. It is typical this time of year to see groups[…..]

SEATTLE – Thrive by Five Washington is pleased to announce that Washington state First Lady Trudi Inslee has joined the organization’s board of directors   “As a mother and grandmother, I know how important it is to take full advantage of those critical early years, so that every child has what he or she needs[…..]

Washington has big plans for the fourth year of its 10-year Early Learning Plan, ranging from expanding home visiting and preK-3rd work to focusing on prenatal and early childhood nutrition.   Since 2011, the Washington Early Learning Partnership — made up of the Department of Early Learning, Thrive by Five Washington and the Office of[…..]

If successful this legislation session, House Bill 2282 would add 10 more seats to the Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC), the body that advises the state Department of Early Learning (DEL).   But more importantly, HB 2282 would permanently add 10 regional voices — and votes — to the state’s planning and policy discussions on[…..]