Transforming Early Learning in Washington State

Thrive By Five Washington

Since 2009, we have supported the public-private partnership Thrive by Five Washington in a wide range of their early learning and development work, coaching and advising them to ensure that the roll out and implementation of their Early Learning Plan truly has racial equity at the center.

Early LearningThrive’s Early Learning Plan (ELP) is a 10-year roadmap for building a coordinated, comprehensive system of early learning in Washington. It advances 36 specific strategies for connecting stakeholders across sectors and building a solid foundation for ready and successful children; parents, families, and caregivers; early learning professionals; schools; and systems and communities.

In 2012, Thrive hosted three Community Conversations on Promoting Racial Equity, co-designed and facilitated by the National Equity Project. Each session convened dozens of stakeholders to discuss racial equity and the ELP.

The National Equity Project coached program leads in developing a roadmap for implementing the ELP and helping state and local partners find ways to align and connect their work to reduce the opportunity gap for low-income children and children of color.

Washington State Department of Early LearningAlong with Thrive By Five WA, we worked with the Washington State Department of Early Learning to facilitate a series of community convenings on building equitable systems for supporting young children situated furthest from opportunity, and coaching program leaders to build their capacity as change agents on behalf of equity.

We supported the Department of Early Learning’s efforts to gather input on revising the statewide Early Learning and Development Benchmarks (now Guidelines), a resource for early child care and learning agencies and professionals. The guidelines were revised to be more culturally responsive in their content and more influenced by the input of a wide range of community-based agencies.