Author: Dan Torres

  Thrive by Five Washington awarded $230,000 to four organizations that will work to eliminate the opportunity gap in early learning efforts throughout Washington.   The organizations receiving racial equity grants developed plans to use a racial equity lens in implementing our state’s Early Learning Plan, specifically aligned to our state’s Racial Equity Theory of[…..]

The statewide Early Learning Regional Coalitions have been working to build the connections that make up a high-quality early learning system and to lift up communities’ voices to statewide agencies and policymakers.   Now in their fourth year of funding from Thrive by Five Washington, the regional coalitions continue that important work while also going[…..]

  After more than a year of community meetings, sharing our collective vision, strengthening relationships and drafting content we – residents of Washington who are committed to early learning – now have a Racial Equity Theory of Change. You can read more about that community-driven process here.   Organizations and communities throughout Washington had been[…..]

  I had just 10 minutes. It was literally “the lightning round.” And all I had to address was race, equity and education. No big deal, right?   I actually welcome the opportunity to dive into these weighty topics, as I did recently at Forces of Change: Law, Policy and Equity in Washington State Education[…..]

Sometimes you just need to know when to get out of the way.   As part of its Community Momentum strategy, Thrive funds each of the 10 Early Learning Regional Coalitions that cover the state. And three times a year, Thrive brings representatives of each coalition together to talk about important early learning topics in[…..]

  In front of a crowd of early learning professionals, Jacki Haight, director of the Early Childhood Education Program for the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, made a compelling case for regional collaboration.   “We are not solo in this,” she said. “We need to support our children and families in a broad area. … We[…..]