Author: Sam Whiting

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,[…..]

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[…..]

This week we celebrated Thrive’s 10-year anniversary at our 2016 Leadership Luncheon. We were joined by nearly 450 supporters who helped us raise more than $200,000 in support of Thrive’s early learning efforts across Washington state. I am so grateful we could be joined by some of Thrive’s founding directors including Bill Gates Sr., Tony[…..]

“Don’t let candidates stop at saying they support early learning. Ask them how they’re going to do it.” — Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network.   We all play an important role in making sure local, state and national policymakers are committed to supporting our youngest children and their families. And 2016[…..]

The 2015 legislative session was an exciting one. With the passage of the Early Start Act, we invested high-quality care and made great strides toward our ultimate goal of getting every child ready for kindergarten and eliminating the opportunity gap. We have made progress, but our work is far from done. In a way, passing[…..]

Right now, we should all be proud Washingtonians!   The Early Start Act (House Bill 1491) is now on the governor’s desk, having passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, and the next biennial budget includes $158M more for early learning. As important as this historic investment in early learning is, we would[…..]

Today, Thrive held its annual Leadership Luncheon to celebrate our state’s progress in early learning and the work we do with many partners statewide. Below is Thrive President & CEO Sam Whiting’s speech to nearly 500 attendees at The Westin Seattle.   Thanks for coming today, everybody. And special thanks to Megan and Bentley for[…..]

  Today, we are officially and proudly Thrive Washington.   As many of you know, a little more than a year ago, Thrive by Five Washington and the Foundation for Early Learning merged. Shortly thereafter, I started as CEO.   All of this change offered a tremendous opportunity to make sure everything we do at[…..]

  Now is our moment to make Washington a great state for great starts!   Last month Gov. Jay Inslee proposed the state’s largest-ever investment in early learning. And last week, the much-anticipated bipartisan Early Start Act (HB 1491/SB 5452) made its debut in the Legislature.   Sponsored by Sen. Steve Litzow (R-Mercer Island) and[…..]

Welcome to the unofficial start of the 2015 legislative session!   Tonight, Gov. Inslee will share his vision (and 2015-17 budget) for helping all of our state’s children get a great education – and for our littlest children, a great start in life and school.   I’m particularly excited about this session. In previous years,[…..]