Month: March 2014

  In Congress, House leaders reached a bipartisan agreement to extend federal funding for a core element of Washington state’s early learning strategy, home visiting, which focuses on the first and most important three years of a child’s development.   The legislation wouldn’t fund only Washington’s work. The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting[…..]

  By Chinese Information and Service Center   The Chinese Information and Service Center Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Lab serves Asian immigrant families in the low-to-moderate income bracket. This program seeks to prepare children for STEM learning and to encourage their inquisitiveness and interest in learning STEM principles.   In addition, CISC attempts[…..]

  By Jill Johnson Early Learning Project Coordinator & Communications Specialist Community-Minded Enterprises   When I first began working in early learning I visited as many child care centers as I could. It energized me and helped me really understand this important work. I still believe the only way to appreciate what quality child care[…..]

  It took seven large stakeholder meetings, small workgroups in-between, and the commitment of more than 150 individuals to complete it, and, in the end, the Racial Equity Theory of Change (RETOC) gave us a shared roadmap for how we can live in a state where racial disparities cease to exist for children birth to[…..]

  I had the privilege of being a Washington representative at a recent BUILD meeting in Memphis, Tenn. It was a somber yet energizing experience for me, being in the city that saw the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and so many civil rights struggles while discussing the efforts that we[…..]

  Overview   Session ended on March 13 as scheduled. High-quality early learning was a key topic this session. There was a significant amount of conversation about the importance of high-quality early learning as well as ensuring continuity and stability of care for our most vulnerable children, largely prompted by the Early Start bill (HB[…..]

  Washington state is taking a big step this year towards its goal of offering public preschool to all low-income families by adding 1,350 new chairs in classrooms this fall, and it’s focusing on the most at-risk families.   Since 2010, the state has been expanding the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), and[…..]

  By Piper T. Grandjean Targos Data Analyst at Custom Evaluation Services For North Central Early Learning Regional Coalition   As the resident “data nerd” for our evaluation team, I get very excited when we start talking about numbers, and how to use them to measure real changes in the world. Especially when I’m working[…..]

  Washington state is a national leader in its innovative public-private partnership to provide high-quality home visiting services to families. Part of that “public” element is the federal funding our state receives from the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, referred to often as MIECHV.   Right now in the other Washington, members[…..]

  By Marlaina Simmons Regional Coordinator Olympic-Kitsap Peninsulas Early Learning Coalition   Early learning regional coalitions like ours have worked hard to build relationships with the families they serve. And as trusted messengers, we can deliver information that goes beyond the scope of traditional early learning — to support the well-being of children and families.[…..]