Washington's Birth-to-3 Plan Forms the Foundation for Future Decision-Making
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ZERO TO THREE Policy Center state updates
Department of Early Learning
In response to legislation that was passed in early 2010, three organizations—Washington’s Department of Early Learning, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and privately funded partner Thrive Washington—co-led an effort to develop a comprehensive birth-to-3 state plan. Many early learning stakeholders were involved in the development of the plan, which outlines actionable policy recommendations to improve services and achieve measureable outcomes for infants, toddlers, and their families. Many of the recommendations build on strategies identified in Washington’s Early Learning Plan, a 10-year plan to ensure school readiness for all children (prenatal to third grade) in the state. Like the Early Learning Plan, the birth-to-3 plan organizes recommendations around seven core areas: children’s health and developmental well-being; home visiting; parents as their children’s first and most important teacher; family, friend, and neighbor care; high-quality professionals and environment; child care subsidies that promote parent choice and access to affordable care; and infrastructure, partnerships, and mobilization.