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Birth to Thrive Blog

  • The Five Things You Must Know About Early Learning in Southwest Washington

      By Lindsay Newcomer Coalition Coordinator Southwest Early Learning Regional Coalition   From the diversity of our region of the state, we draw great strength. Our Early Learning Regional Coalition starts in south Pacific county on the west and includes Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties. From Long Beach to the west and Alderdale […]

  • Why I Was Invited to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s Birthday

    Photo by White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

      I lived in New York City for five years, so traveling back to speak on a panel focused on racial equity in early learning was something I was really looking forward to. I still remember the passion and energy in the city around equity.   The attendees and panelists at last week’s event certainly […]

  • 110 More Preschool Spots for Children Most in Need in Southeast Washington

      By Erin Tomlinson Early Learning Coordinator Southeast Early Learning Regional Coalition   With funding from the state Department of Early Learning, 110 new full-day preschool spots are being offered in Finley, North Franklin, Columbia, and Pasco school districts this fall.   It’s part of preschool expansion funding that focuses on full day services and […]

  • Toddlers Are Smarter than We Think, and That Could Help School Readiness Work


      Toddlers may throw their food, but they are more emotionally mature than we may think. They recognize and adapt to people who are upset and angry, signs they are already developing social-emotional skills they will need later in school, a new study from the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) suggests.   In […]