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Category: Birth to Thrive Blog

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[…..]

On Feb. 18, Thrive and the Washington State Department of Early Learning kicked off our 10th Anniversary years with a reception in Olympia to thank state legislators for creating us in 2006 and continuing to increase their bipartisan commitment and investment in our state’s youngest children and their families. The next day, Thrive brought together[…..]

“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[…..]

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[…..]

  By Jill Johnson Community-Minded Enterprises   A year in the making and worth every minute, the Spokane County Library District‘s STEM Kits are here! Almost.   Wednesday, Oct. 21, volunteers assembled the STEM kits, some 300 in all. The kits were made possible by a grant from Thrive Washington.   The official name of[…..]

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[…..]

Washington state’s work in early learning during the last decade has been an incredible story, defined by its success building high-quality systems of child care and preschool and its emergence as a national leader in early education. I have been lucky to cover this story for Thrive Washington, the breakthroughs in research and practices, impressive[…..]

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[…..]

Gov. Jay Inslee has chosen Rep. Ross Hunter, a 13-year legislator with experience in the public and private sectors, to lead Washington’s Department of Early Learning as the state opens a new chapter of its early education work. Hunter starts Sept. 8 and will earn $150,000 a year. A former PTA activist, Hunter brings a[…..]