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Three years ago this month, the NEAR@Home toolkit went live, aiming to help home visitors talk with families about the wide-ranging and long-term effects of childhood trauma. Since then, it has been downloaded more than 3,500 times by people from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, District of Columbia, and 11 countries. NEAR, the acronym for[…..]

Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Shoreline) announced yesterday that she won’t be seeking re-election after 20 years in the state Legislature. Rep. Kagi’s energy and vision for nurturing the children, youth and families of Washington state is a legacy few will ever match. While Rep. Kagi has said that she isn’t done yet fighting for what’s best[…..]

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[…..]

  In order to convince policymakers of the importance of investing in early learning, we need to share our stories. Stories help make the case for investments in early learning and provide anecdotes that policy makers can look to when deciding how to vote or working to influence their colleagues.   Use the basic structure[…..]

Use the basic structure below to develop a one- to two-paragraph story, which can be sent to your legislators in the form of an email. We are planning a story blitz, when people across the state will have their stories shared with legislators at an appointed time. Submit your stories via this web form and[…..]

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[…..]

Family-focused. Building a true birth-to-five system. Intentional investments. I’ve used these phrases many times in my four years at Thrive Washington, and it’s great when I get to hear them used throughout the country, especially in wildly different settings. Recently, it happened at a meeting I attended that was hosted by the American Enterprise Institute[…..]

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[…..]

The National Institute for Early Education Research recently released its annual State of Preschool Yearbook. For 2015, Washington’s state-funded preschool ranked 32nd. Here is what’s behind that rating: Washington met nine out of 10 quality standard benchmarks. We received high marks in dual language learner policies and were one of 14 states that can report[…..]

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,[…..]