Meet our grantees: STEM Cohort 1

The first cohort of grantees from the Discoveries from the Field Fund will work independently and as a group to directly serve the children, parents and caregivers in Washington state.

They are in the first funding stage of three. In the first phase, each organization will receive $35,000 to design and implement STEM early learning projects in their communities. In addition, each organization is eligible for two more phases of funding, allowing them to further refine their outcome measures and to develop scalable models for use statewide.




La Casa Hogar

La Casa Hogar will utilize its preschool classes to introduce foundational STEM concepts to its early learners through the integration of music. By developing a peer-to-peer training model, La Casa Hogar will also encourage parents to continue STEM music education at home and beyond.

Chinese Information & Services Center

The Chinese Information & Services Center will reduce cross-cultural barriers in STEM learning by infusing STEM activities into the center’s early learning curriculum, parenting education classes, and by offering monthly lab days at its International Family Centers.

Woodland Park Zoo

The Woodland Park Zoo will go beyond its traditional walls by creating a pilot traveling exhibit to expose young children to live animals and the role of urban nature play in kindergarten readiness. By forging a new partnership with the Seattle Housing Authority, the zoo aims to reach traditionally underserved areas.

Everett Public Library

The Friends of the Everett Public Library will grow the library’s Science to Go Program by promoting the local library as a home for STEM early learning for children birth to 3. By engaging parents in the designing and building of take-home STEM toolkits and literature, the library plans to involve more families, such as those in the Spanish and Russian communities.

Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition

The Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition will host 12 county-wide STEM events. By integrating culturally relevant concepts into the design and planning of these events, such as wind measuring and historic downtown scavenger hunts, the coalition will promote a genuine STEM identity in its community and young learners.