Month: December 2014

  It has been a year of momentum in the world of early learning, capped by Gov. Jay Inslee’s commitment to high-quality preschool, home visiting and child care in his budget proposal and the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education.   At Birth to Thrive Online, we will take a break during the next two[…..]

  By Jane Partridge Project Coordinator Visions for Early Learning   The Masai tribe in Kenya is legendary for its fierce and mighty warriors. Because of their fearsome reputation, it might surprise you that the traditional greeting among the Masai is, And how are the children? This acknowledges the high value the tribe places on[…..]

  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee made an ambitious commitment to early learning this week, proposing a two-year $156.3 million budget that would invest in home visiting, a quality ratings system for licensed child care, and the state’s preschool program — and maintaining the state’s position as a national leader in early education.   Gov. Inslee[…..]

Welcome to the unofficial start of the 2015 legislative session!   Tonight, Gov. Inslee will share his vision (and 2015-17 budget) for helping all of our state’s children get a great education – and for our littlest children, a great start in life and school.   I’m particularly excited about this session. In previous years,[…..]

  By Lindsay Newcomer Coalition Coordinator Southwest Early Learning Regional Coalition   Home visiting professionals in our region said they need more support and training, so we responded with a Home Visitor Conference. On Nov. 14, we brought together home visitors throughout the region to network, as well as receive training on maternal mental health[…..]

  By Lindsay Newcomer Coalition Coordinator Southwest Early Learning Regional Coalition   For the Southwest coalition, work on WaKIDS – Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills – has been one piece of the regional coalition work that has fell into place relatively seamlessly. Our region has been working on engaging school districts and early learning[…..]

  Parents are paying a lot for child care in Washington – the state ranks among the 10 most expensive in two key categories for center-based care – but policymakers and advocates are working to lessen the burden.   In a new report from Child Care Aware, Washington state ranked sixth on a list of[…..]

  In Washington’s upcoming legislative session, quality will be a dominant theme in debates about early learning, quality in preschool, child care, and – perhaps most important – rating systems.   The state’s burgeoning rating system, Early Achievers, is at a critical stage. Today, more than 2,200 of the 7,000 providers around the state are[…..]

  By Janet Levinger Thrive by Five Washington board member     On this Giving Tuesday, please join me in creating more opportunities for children in our state by making your year-end gift to Thrive.   Donate now   A good start changes everything for kids. It’s the difference between a future of opportunity and[…..]

  By Holly Bamford Hunt Bamford Foundation director Board member, Children’s Museum of Tacoma Member, First 5 FUNdamentals   “What if Tacoma were a city where traces of children were abundant?” “What if we did stuff with children instead of for children?” “What if children were valued for being, not doing?” “What if families had[…..]