Thrive Washington

Early Learning, Every Child, Our Future

Seattle, WA   |  www.thrivewa.org

Mission

Thrive Washington advances high-quality early learning — with a commitment to innovation and equity — throughout Washington state. We work with partners to activate communities, advocate for young children and families, and influence public and private investment.

Ruling year info

2006

Interim CEO

Ms. Deborah Jensen

Main address

2815 Second Ave, #210

Seattle, WA 98121 USA

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Formerly known as

Thrive By Five Washington

Washington Early Learning Fund

EIN

20-4829769

NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are about 2,000 days from birth to the first day of kindergarten. Research has shown that the early years—when the human brain is forming—represent a critically important window of opportunity to develop a child's full potential and shape key academic, social, and cognitive skills that determine a child's success in school and in life.

In 2012, Washington state implemented the WaKIDs assessment tool, which measures how well a child is prepared when entering Kindergarten. Data collected in fall 2017, indicate that an opportunity gap is evident in the first few weeks of school, with only 32% of low-income students entering school kindergarten ready. This is significant because in most cases, children who are start kindergarten behind, continue to fall farther behind their peers and are less likely to graduate from high school in four years. By addressing disparities in child development from the start, we can change the story for many young children in our state.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Home Visiting Implementation Hub

Thrive’s Home Visiting Implementation Hub supports home visiting programs in Washington state and works to ensure the development of a robust, statewide home visiting system. Home visiting is a voluntary, family-focused service offered to expectant parents and families with infants and young children to support the physical, social, and emotional health of the child, especially families experiencing poverty, trauma and abuse. Families are matched with trained professionals who provide information and support related to healthy pregnancies, child development, the parent-child relationship and the importance of early learning.

The Hub comprises a team of experts in the areas of home visiting, family engagement, program implementation, and community service coordination, using a strengths-based approach and an implementation science lens. To address Adverse Childhood Experiences, home visiting professionals from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington created the [email protected] Toolkit (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Resilience) a unique resource for home visitors to discuss NEAR science with families. Thrive is proud to be one of the leaders of this cutting edge work that translates groundbreaking research into an intervention that builds on a home visitors’ capacity to understand the impact of adversity and to engage meaningfully with parents, while sharing materials and resources in a safe, respectful, and effective way for both home visitor and family.

Population(s) Served

Thrive is working to bring math resources to families participating in play and learn groups in several venues in western Washington. This project is working to improve parent/caregiver attitudes around early math. Thrive has also contracted with an evaluation organization to carry out an assessment of the project and to complete a final report about engaging families in in early math efforts in informal settings are available to the field.

In January 2017, Thrive began an early math system and resource analysis to set a benchmark of current statewide efforts in early math. The completed report will benefit Washington state children by providing system leaders with rich data to inform the strategic steps our state must take to strengthen systems to provide more high-quality math environments, and to help open the door for more children to be part of future skilled careers in our state.

Population(s) Served

Thrive Washington convenes partnerships, provides resources and supports, and champions the policies that are vital to a strong and equitable state early learning system. Our policy work advances racial equity, demands high-quality, connects people at all levels, amplifies the voices of families and the community, and supports an education continuum that allows children to thrive from cradle to career.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Thrive Washington

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Don Stark

Smith & Stark

Term: 2017 - 2019


Board co-chair

Ms. Edie Harding

Community Volunteer

Term: 2017 - 2019

Tony Benton

Clear Channel

Kevin Washington

Tabor 100

Dimitri Christakis

Seattle Children's Center for Child Health, Behavior & Development

George Edwards

Cedarmere Foundation

Edie Harding

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Trudi Inslee

First Lady of Washington State

Beverly Jacobson

Community Volunteer

Jim McCarthy

E.K. Riley Investments

Mary Ellen O'Keefe

Community Volunteer

Don Stark

Smith & Stark

Beck Taylor

Whitworth University

Maureen Walsh

Assitant Ranking Minority Leader, Early Learning & Childern's Services

Charles Wright, Jr.

Community Volunteer

Tim Merlino

Superintendent, ESD 112

Lisa Wellman

Sen. Washington State Leg.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No