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SE Washington Early Learning Coalition to Receive $100K Grant

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PASCO, Wash. - Washington State's public-private partnership for early learning is supporting a local coalition.

Over the next year, Thrive by Five Washington will give $100,000 to the early learning regional coalition in Southeastern Washington. The coalition, facilitated by Educational Service District 123, works to strengthen early learning and make sure all children are healthy, capable and confident. 

The grant will build community momentum and raise public awareness about the importance of quality early learning opportunities for all young children, while strengthening the early learning infrastructure in Southeast Washington.

The grant includes provisions for connecting state and local early learning efforts and engaging parents. It also develops framework for collecting and analyzing regional early learning data. The funding award will strengthen the coalition's general capacity to coordinate and support local work, as well as support regional implementation of the state's kindergarten assessment tool, Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS).  Funding also supports the "Love. Talk. Play." campaign, which supports parents as their children's first and most important teachers.

The Southeast Washington early learning coalition is one of 10 Early Learning Regional Coalitions to receive funding as part of the Community Momentum work led by Thrive, the state's public-private partnership for early learning.