TACOMA, WA — Today, five state agencies reestablished their commitment to work together to make sure every child from birth to third grade gets the best start in life possible.
In front of more than 1,000 early learning professionals and K-3 teachers, the Department of Early Learning (DEL), the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Thrive Washington (Thrive), and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) signed a joint resolution, re-establishing their commitment to collaboration.
Originally created in 2009 by DEL, OSPI and Thrive, the Washington Early Learning Partnership has since welcomed DSHS and DOH into the partnership, so that the needs of the whole child are being met in these critical and foundational first years of life.
This partnership between early learning, K-12, health and human services is unique to Washington state and has been key to Washington’s rise as a national leader in early learning.
In 2010, the Early Learning Partnership led the development of a 10-year statewide Early Learning Plan. This plan strives to make sure
- All children have optimal physical health, mental health, oral health and nutrition
- Parents are recognized as their children’s first and most important teachers
- Early learning professionals can demonstrate the competencies to provide children birth through third grade with developmentally and culturally appropriate early learning experiences
- All children and families make smooth transitions among home, early learning settings and school
- The early learning system in Washington uses evidence-based and/or demonstrates best practices to support families in fostering children’s healthy development and learning
Every year, the Partnership prioritizes strategies within the Early Learning Plan to work on together.
The full Early Learning Plan can be found online here.