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Washington's Birth-to-3 Plan Forms the Foundation for Future Decision-Making




Governance/Leadership, Public Engagement & Political Will Building, Regulation & Standards

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ZERO TO THREE Policy Center state updates



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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.

The policy recommendations serve as the foundation for building statewide infrastructure, making funding decisions, developing public will, and scaling up efforts to achieve measurable success. One of the innovative strategies resulting from the plan was the creation of regional early learning coalitions and regional infant–toddler steering committees. These groups allow for enhanced two-way conversations between the state and regional stakeholders, as well as coordinated efforts for children birth through 3 years old within the regions. For example, each of the 10 regional coalitions worked with its steering committee to develop models for providing infant–toddler child care consultation services based on findings from regional data summaries. This important work has significantly improved the services and supports available for young children and their families and has also raised the visibility of the work and its impact in local communities across the state to policymakers and legislators.

To download a copy of Washington’s birth-to-three state plan, visit

This description of Washington's work is highlighted in ZERO TO THREE's publication A Place to Get Started: Innovation in Infant and Toddler State Policies. Read the full brief at


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