Month: January 2014

  Week at a glance   Getting started. Session officially kicked off on Monday, Jan. 13. Governor’s address nods at priorities now and ahead. Governor Jay Inslee delivered his State of the State address and made brief but notable mentions of early learning including recognition of whole child needs (e.g., it is difficult to educate[…..]

  Congressional negotiators struck a deal to fund the federal government this week, and within it agreed to start work on President Barack Obama’s early learning proposal.   The latest congressional budget deal funds two elements of the early education plan the president featured in his 2013 State of the Union address: a competitive grant[…..]

  How you talk to your baby may be more important than how often.   A new study from the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) found one-on-one exchanges between parents and their infant in baby talk, or parentese, fuel early language development.   Researchers learned that children who conversed directly in the most[…..]

  Thrive by Five Washington’s Board of Directors announced today that Sam Whiting will lead the state’s public-private partnership for early learning, ushering in a new era for the organization, which completed a merger with the Foundation for Early Learning last week. Whiting starts Jan. 31.   Whiting is currently a Community Investor for Education[…..]

  So, now that we’ve merged, what work will we do?   Everything we were doing before … and, where possible, even more for children and families!   Read more about the merger here   During the merger, both organizations committed to continuing all programs and initiatives. Over the past few months, the two staffs[…..]

  The merger of Thrive by Five Washington and the Foundation for Early Learning is complete!   Today, we become one. And we are confident that this union of two of the state’s key early learning organizations will better serve Washington’s youngest children and their families.   Together, we will create a single, highly competent,[…..]