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 Thrive unifies and strengthens the state’s early learning system, so that all children are ready for school. We are committed to being an indispensable partner in Washington state’s – and the nation’s – early learning efforts.
Now, three key words – visionary, collaborative and responsive – guide who we are and how we do our work. We’ll be holding ourselves accountable to these words. We hope you will hold us accountable, too.
Here’s what you need to know about the changes ahead for Thrive:
- Our brand: You can still call us “Thrive” for short, but we tightened our official name to Thrive Washington because our name no longer quite worked in a state that defines early learning as birth to age 8. Our new tagline, logo and website (coming soon) give us a fresh start after the merger. We’ll also be doing a better job talking about our work and the important role we play in Washington’s early learning success.
- Our strategic direction: Our work now drives toward three major goals for the biggest impact possible:
- Prepare every child for success (because not all children get the same start in life)
- Advance the field (because high-quality early learning programs are proven to make a long-term difference for children)
- Build a thriving system (because we all play an important role in helping every child get a great start)
- Our success indicators: We’re finalizing a set of measures for ourselves. We want to know how we’re doing, and we want you to know, too. We’re also working with our state partners to map our state’s progress to ensure all children are healthy and ready for school success.
We’ve worked hard to get to this day, but it’s not an end date. It’s a renewed commitment to all of the great work we do with all of you to make Washington state a great state for great starts.