Category: Posts by Coalitions

By Alan Walker North Central Early Learning Collaborative   Four members of the North Central Early Learning Collaborative had the great pleasure of participating in the Thrive Washington Advocacy Day on March 26. Nancy Spurgeon, Maria Vasquez, Gaby Fernandez and I made the trek to Olympia to meet with four elected officials. This was Gaby’s[…..]

  By Jill Johnson Early Learning Project Coordinator & Communications Specialist Community-Minded Enterprises   For the past several years, the Inland Northwest Early Learning Alliance (INWELA) has participated in Thrive Washington’s work on advancing racial equity. On March 11 and 12, the alliance took a monumental step as one of the organizers of racial equity[…..]

  By Jane Partridge Project Coordinator Visions for Early Learning   ¿Cuál es una diferencia que se ve en usted mismo o su crianza como resultado de esta clase? (What is one difference you see in yourself or your parenting as a result of this class?) “To help the best that I can my daughter[…..]

  By Jane Partridge Project Coordinator Visions for Early Learning   The Masai tribe in Kenya is legendary for its fierce and mighty warriors. Because of their fearsome reputation, it might surprise you that the traditional greeting among the Masai is, And how are the children? This acknowledges the high value the tribe places on[…..]

  By Lindsay Newcomer Coalition Coordinator Southwest Early Learning Regional Coalition   Home visiting professionals in our region said they need more support and training, so we responded with a Home Visitor Conference. On Nov. 14, we brought together home visitors throughout the region to network, as well as receive training on maternal mental health[…..]

  By Lindsay Newcomer Coalition Coordinator Southwest Early Learning Regional Coalition   For the Southwest coalition, work on WaKIDS – Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills – has been one piece of the regional coalition work that has fell into place relatively seamlessly. Our region has been working on engaging school districts and early learning[…..]

  By Holly Bamford Hunt Bamford Foundation director Board member, Children’s Museum of Tacoma Member, First 5 FUNdamentals   “What if Tacoma were a city where traces of children were abundant?” “What if we did stuff with children instead of for children?” “What if children were valued for being, not doing?” “What if families had[…..]

  By Emily McPhee Home Visiting Collaborative Coordinator Investing in Children Coalition of South Central Washington   In Central Washington, a group of home visiting program supervisors meet monthly to dream. Their collective dream is to create a better system with improved access for families and to help support staff in the field. This group,[…..]

  By Jane Partridge Project Coordinator Visions for Early Learning   Food bank baskets filled with produce, a school library opened on a Saturday morning, and a magician waiting in the wings – all are an investment in nurturing resiliency in the small boy now listening to story-time with a farm-stand carrot held tightly in[…..]

  By Lindsay Newcomer Coalition Coordinator Southwest Early Learning Regional Coalition   From the diversity of our region of the state, we draw great strength. Our Early Learning Regional Coalition starts in south Pacific county on the west and includes Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties. From Long Beach to the west and Alderdale[…..]