Meet our grantees: STEM Cohort 3

The third 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.

Grantees

 

 

Zeno

King County
MathWays for Early Learning will be a set of two training seminars and materials designed to equip early learning providers with activities, tools and training skills so they can encourage families to explore math at home. Zeno aims to target providers in Seattle and South King County by engaging early learning providers and community liaisons already working directly with families in preschools, preschool co-ops and through community-based organizations like Child Care Resources and Fili.

Bremerton School District

Kitsap County
With a goal of building the knowledge, skills and resources of early learning practitioners, the district will create a math book for classroom teachers and a math book for families, add STEM books to its backpack system, and increase outreach to families. The project was developed in partnership with an early learning community organization, Early Childhood Care and Education.

Child Care Action Council

Mason, Grays Harbor and Thurston counties
After identifying and developing STEM-based curricula for family child care providers, the council will provide onsite consultations, tools and equipment to help providers teach STEM concepts through outdoor, hands-on activities. Providers will get personalized guidance and materials; one of the goals is to build their enthusiasm about STEM.

North Central Educational Service District

Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties
In partnership with Child Care Aware of Central Washington, the district will develop content, toolkits and a trainer orientation for professional development modules in STEM. Then, Child Care Aware will deliver to licensed providers, Play & Learn facilitators, and Early Childhood Education instructors with a priority focus on Early Achiever participants.

Spokane County Library District

Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties
With a goal to deepen parents’ abilities to engage with their children in STEM concepts, the library will offer trainings in classrooms and playgroups, as well as units that families can check out to practice STEM strategies at home. Key training partners include Spokane County Library District (SCLD), Child Care Aware of Eastern Washington and Northeast Washington Educational Service District (NEWESD 101).