Category: Posts by 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,[…..]

“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[…..]

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,[…..]

  I love talking with business leaders about early learning because they clearly understand how they benefit from this early investment: Businesses succeed in thriving communities. And at the heart of thriving communities are thriving families.   That’s why, the Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition’s annual Our Kids: Our Business luncheon with 150 business[…..]

  I was trying to think of a type of transportation that I haven’t used in the past month. From walking and busing across the Seattle area to meet with partner organizations, to driving round trips to our state’s Capitol in Olympia, to flying across the state to Spokane and Wenatchee to connect with board[…..]

  The last month or so has been chock-full of opportunities for me to spread the good word about the importance of early learning and Thrive’s work. We’re so fortunate to live in Washington state, which is a national leader in this work as the result of the extraordinary vision and tireless efforts of so[…..]