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Birth to Thrive Blog

  • Child Care Costs Are High. What is Washington State Doing About It?

      Parents are paying a lot for child care in Washington – the state ranks among the 10 most expensive in two key categories for center-based care – but policymakers and advocates are working to lessen the burden.   In a new report from Child Care Aware, Washington state ranked sixth on a list of […]

  • It’s All about Quality in Early Learning in the 2015 Washington Legislative Session

      In Washington’s upcoming legislative session, quality will be a dominant theme in debates about early learning, quality in preschool, child care, and – perhaps most important – rating systems.   The state’s burgeoning rating system, Early Achievers, is at a critical stage. Today, more than 2,200 of the 7,000 providers around the state are […]

  • Giving Tuesday: Why I Give to Thrive

      By Janet Levinger Thrive by Five Washington board member     On this Giving Tuesday, please join me in creating more opportunities for children in our state by making your year-end gift to Thrive.   Donate now   A good start changes everything for kids. It’s the difference between a future of opportunity and […]

  • Hundreds Gather in Tacoma to Explore What it Means to Build a Child-Centered Community

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      By Holly Bamford Hunt Bamford Foundation director Board member, Children’s Museum of Tacoma Member, First 5 FUNdamentals   “What if Tacoma were a city where traces of children were abundant?” “What if we did stuff with children instead of for children?” “What if children were valued for being, not doing?” “What if families had […]