SEATTLE – Thrive by Five Washington is pleased to announce that Washington state First Lady Trudi Inslee has joined the organization’s board of directors
“As a mother and grandmother, I know how important it is to take full advantage of those critical early years, so that every child has what he or she needs to do well in school and life,” Mrs. Inslee said. “Thrive has been an integral partner in creating a nationally recognized high-quality early learning system in our state. They have taken the best of brain research and coupled it with innovative ways to use public-private funding to help develop programs and best practices that are producing outstanding outcomes. I look forward to being part of what Thrive will accomplish next to help support our state’s youngest children and their families.”
Mrs. Inslee is a long-time advocate, supporter and volunteer for non-profits and social service programs that provide services for women and children. She is also a proponent of high-quality early learning systems and services.
“We are honored to have Mrs. Inslee on the board,” said Kevin C. Washington, board chair. “She has tremendous passion for helping children, especially those coming from the toughest situations. We know she will work hard with all of us to make sure every child in our state gets a great start.”
The 29-member Thrive board is an active and committed group of state, community, business, policy and philanthropic leaders. Members serve three-year terms.
About Thrive by Five Washington
On Jan. 1, 2014, Thrive by Five Washington and the Foundation for Early Learning – two leaders in Washington’s early learning efforts – merged with the goal of building community-wide commitment to deliver a comprehensive, high-quality early learning environment that benefits every child and family in Washington. Thrive will work in five key areas: helping to eliminate the opportunity gap with the state Early Learning Plan; deepening parent and caregiver knowledge of child development and school readiness; developing a high-quality home visiting system to serve at-risk families; providing grants that advance our programmatic work and mission; and building and mobilizing state, regional and local partnerships.