Category: Posts by Holly Wyrwich

Offering respect and empathy. Don’t be afraid to try and fail. Make your plans to fit with families’ demanding schedules.   These are among the insights shared by our partners from La Casa Hogar in Yakima and the Spokane County Library District at a webinar this week. Both organizations have received grants from Thrive Washington[…..]

  Just as young learners observe and experiment, we in the developmental early learning system are trying new things to better support families in preparing children for success in school and in life.   That brings us to a milestone in Thrive Washington’s efforts to stimulate, incubate and scale innovative ideas in Science, Technology, Engineering[…..]

  “Family, Friend and Neighbor care is a new name for the most ancient and widely practiced form of child care.” — Betty Emarita, Development and Training Resources, Minnesota   You could hear a pin drop in the hotel conference room. No one was glancing at her phone or shuffling his papers. All eyes were[…..]

  For a social services organization, it takes courage to ask the tough questions. What is working for families? When and where do they want to connect? Who do they trust to deliver important information?   “Asking families what they want can be scary,” said Renee Slaven, program manager for the Parents as Teachers home[…..]

  Washington state is a national leader in its innovative public-private partnership to provide high-quality home visiting services to families. Part of that “public” element is the federal funding our state receives from the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, referred to often as MIECHV.   Right now in the other Washington, members[…..]

  Four home visiting programs are receiving funding that is helping keep their doors open and allowing them to serve more families. The Home Visiting Services Account has awarded more than $240,000 to help the programs serve families with voluntary, home-based support from trained professionals.   Learn more about home visiting in Washington   Two[…..]

  This is the first in a series of blog posts about the Rural Home Visiting Project led by Thrive by Five Washington. You can also learn more here.   Families in remote and rural communities face unique challenges. They might have to drive an hour or more to reach a health care provider –[…..]

Thrive carries out all its work with a racial equity lens, helping to make sure policies, practices and behaviors provide opportunities for all children and families. This winter, we are taking a closer look at equitable access to home visiting services in our state. Starting with focus groups and the guidance of an advisory group,[…..]

  When young children experience the toxic stress of poverty, domestic violence and abuse, it can have lifelong consequences on their health, happiness and success in school and the workforce. But home visitors can strengthen the parent-child relationships that “buffer” against these toxic stresses and give children a better outlook.   In January, at the[…..]

  How do you fit dozens of children’s books in your diaper bag? How do you embrace a toddler’s finger-paint artistry without requiring a big cleanup? And how do you make a library of updated and relevant educational information accessible to parents who don’t have a computer at home or the resources to take parenting[…..]