Month: March 2015

  What a day! With not a cloud in the sky (when does that ever happen in Olympia?), more than 50 early learning advocates, representing the 10 Early Learning Regional Coalitions, descended on the Capitol last week. They met with close to 50 legislators, expressing their support for the Early Start Act and significant investments[…..]

  A coalition in Utah is expanding access to high-quality preschool for low-income students in the Granite School District and ultimately creating savings for the district as fewer children need special education and remedial services when they start kindergarten.   South Carolina wants to expand the Nurse-Family Partnership home visiting program, a proven way to curb[…..]

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   CONTACT: Molly O’Connor, Director of Communications, 206.769.8277, molly@ThriveWA.org   OLYMPIA, WA – This session, state legislators are poised to make one of their biggest investments ever in our state’s youngest children and their families. The bipartisan Early Start Act (HB 1491/SB 5452) will create more high-quality child care in our[…..]

  By Jill Johnson Early Learning Project Coordinator & Communications Specialist Community-Minded Enterprises   For the past several years, the Inland Northwest Early Learning Alliance (INWELA) has participated in Thrive Washington’s work on advancing racial equity. On March 11 and 12, the alliance took a monumental step as one of the organizers of racial equity[…..]

  Things are moving and shaking in Olympia, and now — more than ever — it’s important that legislators hear from you. We’ve reached a crucial inflection point in the legislative session; the number of bills has been whittled down significantly as they worked their way through their respective policy committees, funding committees, and then[…..]

Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. to help Department of Early Learning and Thrive Washington determine if private investors could play a key role in expanding home visiting services for young children and their families   (OLYMPIA, WA) – The Washington state Department of Early Learning (DEL) and Thrive Washington (Thrive) will spend the next year[…..]

  Bipartisan legislation that would strengthen the backbone of Washington state’s early education system, professional training for child care providers, and open a new chapter in the state’s push to create a high-quality system of child care and preschool now readies for the second half of the legislative session.   This week, companion Early Start[…..]

  Just as young learners observe and experiment, we in the developmental early learning system are trying new things to better support families in preparing children for success in school and in life.   That brings us to a milestone in Thrive Washington’s efforts to stimulate, incubate and scale innovative ideas in Science, Technology, Engineering[…..]

  For the past year, a small facilitating workgroup and a large planning committee from federal Health Resources and Services Administration Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington) have come together virtually and by phone to create NEAR@Home, a toolkit for addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in home visiting. The group agrees that the ACEs[…..]

  “Family, Friend and Neighbor care is a new name for the most ancient and widely practiced form of child care.” — Betty Emarita, Development and Training Resources, Minnesota   You could hear a pin drop in the hotel conference room. No one was glancing at her phone or shuffling his papers. All eyes were[…..]