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A renewed and expanded partnership between state agencies and home visiting programs will increase services to families receiving TANF funds. SEATTLE – Increased funds will expand a home visiting pilot program established last year, providing about 350 families who receive state assistance access to home-based support that is proven to help children develop healthier and[…..]

I have been involved in various ways with Thrive Washington since its founding, and I have always had huge respect for this organization and its promise. That respect only grew during my two years as CEO. We have made so much progress in creating an organization with great clarity of mission and purpose. The staff[…..]

This week we celebrated Thrive’s 10-year anniversary at our 2016 Leadership Luncheon. We were joined by nearly 450 supporters who helped us raise more than $200,000 in support of Thrive’s early learning efforts across Washington state. I am so grateful we could be joined by some of Thrive’s founding directors including Bill Gates Sr., Tony[…..]

On Feb. 18, Thrive and the Washington State Department of Early Learning kicked off our 10th Anniversary years with a reception in Olympia to thank state legislators for creating us in 2006 and continuing to increase their bipartisan commitment and investment in our state’s youngest children and their families. The next day, Thrive brought together[…..]

“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[…..]

The 2015 legislative session was an exciting one. With the passage of the Early Start Act, we invested high-quality care and made great strides toward our ultimate goal of getting every child ready for kindergarten and eliminating the opportunity gap. We have made progress, but our work is far from done. In a way, passing[…..]

MORE THAN $177 MILLION NEW PRIVATE AND STATE DOLLARS INVESTED IN — CRADLE TO CAREER — STEM EDUCATION IN 2015 For Immediate Release (#wastemsummit) December 1, 2015 Contact: Jesse Gilliam, 206.218.7980, jesse@washingtonstem.org Craig Kanaya, 206.718.8249, craigk@strategies360.com   REDMOND, Wash. – Washington STEM and Thrive Washington announced today a more than $6 million contribution from Microsoft[…..]

All children deserve the best start in life and school possible — and we all benefit when they get it. They’re healthier, more successful in school and more engaged and productive in society and life. Five years ago, Washington released a 10-Year Early Learning Plan to help us build a high-quality early learning system that[…..]

  By Jill Johnson Community-Minded Enterprises   A year in the making and worth every minute, the Spokane County Library District‘s STEM Kits are here! Almost.   Wednesday, Oct. 21, volunteers assembled the STEM kits, some 300 in all. The kits were made possible by a grant from Thrive Washington.   The official name of[…..]

Last week, Tennessee released a less-than-glowing report of its state-funded pre-K program for children from low-income families. The multi-year study found that children started off school strong, but by kindergarten weren’t much different than their peers who didn’t attend the program. Nothing changed by third grade.   Other states are studying their own programs and[…..]