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Birth to Thrive Blog

  • Exploring the Science All Around Us with Imagine Children’s Museum

        By Jessica Griffin Programs Manager Imagine Children’s Museum   Science is all around us! Even young children can use scientific thinking to explore and learn about their surroundings.   At Imagine, we are partnering with under-resourced child care providers to provide teachers with training and resources about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). […]

  • An Invitation to Play: Water Exploration in Kittitas County

    • November 14th, 2014
    • Author: Thrive
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        By Elizabeth Ketterer Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition   Children timidly approached the sound of laughter and splashing water, without knowing what to expect. Holding tightly to her parent’s hand, a child heard volunteers asking, “Will it sink or float?” As she looked around, everything was just her size. What initially felt overwhelming […]

  • Early Learning Champion Neel Parikh Retires from Pierce County

    Jo Cruz, child care professional, and Neel Parikh (center) receive the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Science from First Lady Michelle Obama. (Photo by Institute of Museum and Library Sciences)

      Neel Parikh’s accolades and awards are many. But when she is asked to name her No. 1 accomplishment in her 20 years of service to the Pierce County Library System, she names early learning.   As a former children’s librarian, Neel always recognized how important early learning is for families. She wanted to make […]

  • Don’t Believe the Hype: Partisan Divide Could Yield Opportunities to Invest in Early Education

      Since the midterm elections, headlines and pundits have been screaming that Washington, D.C., is now a city divided. Despite this partisan divide the Republican-led Congress and Obama administration can make progress on early education during the next two years.   They can do this by sweating the ideologically smaller stuff, i.e., supporting preschool and […]