Tag: Thrive by Five Washington

  On Saturday, longtime Thrive by Five Washington board member Jackie Bezos launched a movement to build an early learning nation by 2025, and quickly won the support of leaders who will help drive the effort: U.S. mayors.   At their annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, mayors unanimously endorsed a resolution supporting the community-led Early[…..]

  These days, one message about parenting stands out more than the others: Keep it simple. To help babies and toddlers grow up happy and healthy, parents and caregivers need to focus on the little, everyday interactions that make a big difference. Scientists, researchers and early learning experts confirm that parents can focus on cuddling,[…..]

Washington has big plans for the fourth year of its 10-year Early Learning Plan, ranging from expanding home visiting and preK-3rd work to focusing on prenatal and early childhood nutrition.   Since 2011, the Washington Early Learning Partnership — made up of the Department of Early Learning, Thrive by Five Washington and the Office of[…..]

  Today, Thrive by Five Washington is launching a new digital forum — a community of practice and resources — to support the early learning system’s role in eliminating race as a factor in a child’s success.   More than a year of community conversations, research and development by hundreds of stakeholders are captured in two new webpages, Advancing Racial[…..]

  This story is part of a series of stories that will explore Washington state’s Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge winning grant, plan and progress.   Washington’s quality rating and improvement system, Early Achievers, was one of the key reasons the state won a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant[…..]

  A new report on the skills of incoming kindergarteners in Washington state found more than two-thirds were at expected levels for physical abilities, but many fell short on math. It also showed opportunity gaps between different races and genders when children start school.   Overall, nearly 80 percent of kindergarten students showed typical physical[…..]

  We know learning begins early and new research from the University of Washington shows babies start developing language before they are born.   The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) released a study this month that shows a baby tunes into a mother’s speech during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy, according to[…..]

  In Washington state, legislators are getting ready for a new session and they may want to add a new American Prospect story about how Oklahoma built a universal pre-kindergarten system to their reading list.   Among the article’s strongest points, and it has many, is the way it describes how Oklahoma’s pre-k system was[…..]