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Birth to Thrive Blog

  • Frequent Reminders for Parents to Love, Talk and Play with Babies and Toddlers

      By Erin Tomlinson Early Learning Coordinator Southeast Early Learning Regional Coalition   “Love. Talk. Play.” is a message that supports ALL parents as their children’s first and most important teacher. We want parents to have the knowledge, confidence and skills to give their kids a great start in school and in life. But parents […]

  • Home Visiting: What It Looks Like in Pierce County

      By Susan Barbeau First 5 FUNdamentals Executive Director   Before bringing together almost a dozen agencies that serve families in Pierce County, we knew only what we didn’t know. How many families were being served by home visiting programs? How old are the children who are receiving visits? Which families are enrolled in the […]

  • One of the Nation’s Biggest Education (and Early Learning) Stories is Happening around Seattle

      One of the biggest education stories you may not be hearing about is happening in Seattle’s backyard, and one of its main plotlines revolves around early education.   In South Seattle and its neighboring suburbs, the Road Map Project is creating a comprehensive, and ambitious, plan to double college and career-ready rates by 2020 […]

  • Sharing Washington’s Lessons Learned on a National Platform

      By Alan Walker and Aimee White North Central Early Learning Regional Coalition   In Washington state, we are using data in a way that sets an example for early learning professionals throughout the country.   We were invited to hold a workshop, “How an Early Learning Collaborative is Enhancing its Data Use,” at the […]