The Department of Early Learning is making a final call for public comments on a statewide plan that will be a roadmap for developing a comprehensive, high-quality early learning system for Washington state.
This Friday is the cutoff.
After that, the Department of Early Learning (DEL), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and Thrive by Five Washington (the state’s public-private early learning partnership) will spend the next few months considering the public’s comments before releasing a final plan in the fall.
We're particularly excited that closing the preparation gap is the primary focus of the plan, and that there are clear strategies aimed at helping families, early learning professionals, schools and communities work together to help more children achieve greater success in school.
As we weighed in, we stressed the crurcial importance of improving early learning services for infants and toddlers. It’s also critical that our state make sure more of our state’s youngest learners – especially those in low-income families and communities of color – have access to high-quality early care and education.
It’s a no-brainer. It makes abundant sense to invest in the birth-to-three years – when so much of a child’s social, emotional and intellectual development takes place.
We also called for a greater investment in evidence-based home visiting services that connect new and expectant parents with nurses and early learning professionals.
If you haven’t seen the plan yet, be forewarned: It’s long – and for good reason. It’s a comprehensive, long-term view of our state’s priorities for early learning.
And it's just the beginning of ongoing work that we, our allies and the state are doing to improve early learning across Washington.
– Leslie Dozono, Children's Alliance Early Learning Policy Coordinator