Category: Posts by Molly O’Connor

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[…..]

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[…..]

  State agencies, communities and key programs partner to better serve families receiving federal TANF funds   About 175 families receiving federal assistance will now have access to the high-quality home visiting programs that have the power to give their children a better start and change the future for their whole family.   It’s part[…..]

Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. to help Department of Early Learning and Thrive Washington determine if private investors could play a key role in expanding home visiting services for young children and their families   (OLYMPIA, WA) – The Washington state Department of Early Learning (DEL) and Thrive Washington (Thrive) will spend the next year[…..]

  Sometimes you’re so busy creating and doing that you don’t realize how far you’ve come, how much you’ve learned and how much success you have to be proud of until someone makes you stop and answer a few questions.   That happened this past week when a group visited us from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.[…..]

SEATTLE – Thrive by Five Washington is pleased to announce that Washington state First Lady Trudi Inslee has joined the organization’s board of directors   “As a mother and grandmother, I know how important it is to take full advantage of those critical early years, so that every child has what he or she needs[…..]

If successful this legislation session, House Bill 2282 would add 10 more seats to the Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC), the body that advises the state Department of Early Learning (DEL).   But more importantly, HB 2282 would permanently add 10 regional voices — and votes — to the state’s planning and policy discussions on[…..]

  Thrive by Five Washington’s Board of Directors announced today that Sam Whiting will lead the state’s public-private partnership for early learning, ushering in a new era for the organization, which completed a merger with the Foundation for Early Learning last week. Whiting starts Jan. 31.   Whiting is currently a Community Investor for Education[…..]

  So, now that we’ve merged, what work will we do?   Everything we were doing before … and, where possible, even more for children and families!   Read more about the merger here   During the merger, both organizations committed to continuing all programs and initiatives. Over the past few months, the two staffs[…..]