Thrive By Five
The quickest way to winning my heart is by working to expand educational opportunities and making sure every child has a chance. So it will probably be no surprise that I find Christine Gregoire's work to establish a cabinet level position for early learning exciting. (You can go to the website to find out more about Washington state's Department of Early Learning.) Washington state is taking the lead on this and I'll definitely be following their progress.
Washington state is also doing more. They recently started a public-private partnership for a program called "Thrive by Five":
A nonprofit organization aimed at improving learning opportunities for Washington's youngest children, funded with $9 million in private and public money, was unveiled Monday.I'm generally a believer that government is the best way to get things done, but I have no problem with private, or public-private efforts to accomplish important objectives--whatever it takes to get things done.
The Thrive by Five partnership will pay for improvement and innovation at early learning centers around the state. Two locations will receive initial funding. The first will be in the White Center neighborhood on Seattle's southern boundary; the other has yet to be announced.
Thrive by Five's goal is to prepare all Washington children for preschool.