Thrive convenes the partnerships, provides resources and supports, and champions the policies that are vital to a strong and equitable state early learning system. Our policy work advances racial equity, demands high-quality, connects people at all levels, amplifies the voices of families and the community, and supports an education continuum that allows children to thrive from cradle to career.
Home visiting is repeatedly proven to strengthen families and give children the best start possible by improving maternal and child health, family self-sufficiency and school readiness, but only a fraction of the children and families living in some of our state’s most vulnerable communities can access these programs. Through our advocacy efforts, Thrive and our partners work to significantly expand, strengthen and sustain home visiting programs statewide.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a powerful, high-quality state-funded preschool program that prepares 3- and 4-year-olds for school. But, it is not accessible to all eligible children. Our advocacy efforts focus on the expansion of ECEAP by both increasing the number of families who can access the program and ensuring providers get the funding they need to support the program.
A child’s healthy growth and development hinges on high-quality and consistent caregivers. Washington’s early learning work force faces many challenges that limit child development and outcomes statewide. Thrive advocates to support the development of a highly skilled and stable workforce that receives fair compensation.