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Birth to Thrive Blog

  • Governor’s Education Budget Includes “Largest-Ever State Investment in Early Learning”

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      Washington Gov. Jay Inslee made an ambitious commitment to early learning this week, proposing a two-year $156.3 million budget that would invest in home visiting, a quality ratings system for licensed child care, and the state’s preschool program — and maintaining the state’s position as a national leader in early education.   Gov. Inslee […]

  • Thrive to Have Bigger, Bolder Voice in 2015 Legislative Session

    • December 15th, 2014
    • Author: Molly OConnor
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    Welcome to the unofficial start of the 2015 legislative session!   Tonight, Gov. Inslee will share his vision (and 2015-17 budget) for helping all of our state’s children get a great education – and for our littlest children, a great start in life and school.   I’m particularly excited about this session. In previous years, […]

  • Supporting Those Who Support Families: Home Visiting Conference

      By Lindsay Newcomer Coalition Coordinator Southwest Early Learning Regional Coalition   Home visiting professionals in our region said they need more support and training, so we responded with a Home Visitor Conference. On Nov. 14, we brought together home visitors throughout the region to network, as well as receive training on maternal mental health […]

  • Putting WaKIDS Collaboration into Practice in Southwest Washington

      By Lindsay Newcomer Coalition Coordinator Southwest Early Learning Regional Coalition   For the Southwest coalition, work on WaKIDS – Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills – has been one piece of the regional coalition work that has fell into place relatively seamlessly. Our region has been working on engaging school districts and early learning […]