Author: Molly O'Connor

Thrive Washington joins our national early learning colleagues in expressing grave concern for the irreparable damage being done to children at the U.S.-Mexico border. Taking away a parent – a child’s primary source of love, trust and comfort – is one of the most significant traumas you can inflict on a young child. The impact[…..]

Three years ago this month, the NEAR@Home toolkit went live, aiming to help home visitors talk with families about the wide-ranging and long-term effects of childhood trauma. Since then, it has been downloaded more than 3,500 times by people from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, District of Columbia, and 11 countries. NEAR, the acronym for[…..]

Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Shoreline) announced yesterday that she won’t be seeking re-election after 20 years in the state Legislature. Rep. Kagi’s energy and vision for nurturing the children, youth and families of Washington state is a legacy few will ever match. While Rep. Kagi has said that she isn’t done yet fighting for what’s best[…..]

Thrive Washington’s Board of Trustees announced today that Deborah Jensen will serve as Interim CEO of the state public-private partnership for early learning. Jensen starts Feb. 16. Jensen most recently served as Interim CEO for Social Venture Partners. Before that, she was the long-time president and CEO of Woodland Park Zoo where she oversaw considerable[…..]

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[…..]