Year: 2016

Offering respect and empathy. Don’t be afraid to try and fail. Make your plans to fit with families’ demanding schedules.   These are among the insights shared by our partners from La Casa Hogar in Yakima and the Spokane County Library District at a webinar this week. Both organizations have received grants from Thrive Washington[…..]

Family-focused. Building a true birth-to-five system. Intentional investments. I’ve used these phrases many times in my four years at Thrive Washington, and it’s great when I get to hear them used throughout the country, especially in wildly different settings. Recently, it happened at a meeting I attended that was hosted by the American Enterprise Institute[…..]

Thrive Washington’s Board of Directors announced today that Alan Cohen will lead the state’s public-private partnership for early learning. Cohen starts Nov. 7. In his three years as assistant superintendent of Early Childhood Education for the Dallas Independent School District, Cohen built a state and national reputation for himself as an early learning leader by[…..]

The National Institute for Early Education Research recently released its annual State of Preschool Yearbook. For 2015, Washington’s state-funded preschool ranked 32nd. Here is what’s behind that rating: Washington met nine out of 10 quality standard benchmarks. We received high marks in dual language learner policies and were one of 14 states that can report[…..]

Today is my last day at Thrive. I’ll sure miss the people and the day-to-day work of early learning, but I leave confident that Thrive is on the right path and excited to watch the many more great things to come for both the organization and the field. When I started on Jan. 31, 2014,[…..]

On April 14, programs funded through the state’s Home Visiting Services Account came together for a training hosted by Thrive Washington and the Department of Early Learning, in partnership with the Department of Health and the Center for Community Health and Evaluation. This bi-annual training exists to build community within the home visiting system as[…..]

Message from Dr. Candace Kendle, 2016 Leadership Luncheon Keynote Speaker: It was a pleasure to participate in the Thrive Washington 2016 Leadership Luncheon on April 6th and discuss how early childhood experiences influence not only each child’s learning potential but our nation’s future workforce. We need your help to teach all parents and future parents[…..]

The White House, in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services and Invest in US, hosted a symposium last week to highlight the importance of promoting active science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning for our youngest children. Sam Whiting, Thrive president and CEO, attended the event along with hundreds[…..]

A renewed and expanded partnership between state agencies and home visiting programs will increase services to families receiving TANF funds. SEATTLE – Increased funds will expand a home visiting pilot program established last year, providing about 350 families who receive state assistance access to home-based support that is proven to help children develop healthier and[…..]

I have been involved in various ways with Thrive Washington since its founding, and I have always had huge respect for this organization and its promise. That respect only grew during my two years as CEO. We have made so much progress in creating an organization with great clarity of mission and purpose. The staff[…..]