Author: Molly O'Connor

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[…..]

MORE THAN $177 MILLION NEW PRIVATE AND STATE DOLLARS INVESTED IN — CRADLE TO CAREER — STEM EDUCATION IN 2015 For Immediate Release (#wastemsummit) December 1, 2015 Contact: Jesse Gilliam, 206.218.7980, jesse@washingtonstem.org Craig Kanaya, 206.718.8249, craigk@strategies360.com   REDMOND, Wash. – Washington STEM and Thrive Washington announced today a more than $6 million contribution from Microsoft[…..]

All children deserve the best start in life and school possible — and we all benefit when they get it. They’re healthier, more successful in school and more engaged and productive in society and life. Five years ago, Washington released a 10-Year Early Learning Plan to help us build a high-quality early learning system that[…..]

Last week, Tennessee released a less-than-glowing report of its state-funded pre-K program for children from low-income families. The multi-year study found that children started off school strong, but by kindergarten weren’t much different than their peers who didn’t attend the program. Nothing changed by third grade.   Other states are studying their own programs and[…..]

Home visiting is a powerful investment and a proven strategy for strengthening families. It creates better futures TWO generations at a time. And it’s key to Washington state having a high-quality early learning system. Today, 250 home visitors from all over the state have come together for the first Home Visiting Summit. Three years in[…..]

Thrive Washington is pleased to announce that five new community leaders have joined the organization’s board of directors. Sally Brownfield, Education Specialist, Squaxin Island Tribe. Sally has 35 five years of successful leadership and education experience in Washington state schools and organizations. She has taught in public and tribal schools, community colleges and universities. George[…..]

TACOMA, WA — Today, five state agencies reestablished their commitment to work together to make sure every child from birth to third grade gets the best start in life possible.   In front of more than 1,000 early learning professionals and K-3 teachers, the Department of Early Learning (DEL), the Department of Health (DOH), the[…..]

  State agencies, communities and key programs partner to better serve families receiving federal TANF funds   About 175 families receiving federal assistance will now have access to the high-quality home visiting programs that have the power to give their children a better start and change the future for their whole family.   It’s part[…..]

  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[…..]

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[…..]