The National Equity Project supported the Washington Department of Early Learning (DEL), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and Thrive by Five Washington in a recent revision of the Early Learning and Development Guidelines for children from birth through third grade, now published for use by parents, child care providers and teachers, and others.
Guidelines are an essential element of an early learning system. These guidelines were revised in partnership with a 51-member workgroup that included representatives from Head Start, the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), parents, Tribes, child care providers, special needs experts, K-12 staff and our state’s ethnic commissions.
The National Equity Project helped plan and facilitate convenings of this workgroup and coached initiative leaders on inclusiveness and equity.
Find the guidelines online: www.del.wa.gov/development/guidelines/default.aspx.
“What excites me most about the new guidelines is the potential to share information with parents—in a way that they can really use,” said Nina Auerbach, president and CEO of Thrive by Five Washington. “They also celebrate our state’s extraordinary diversity and are meant to be a guide for all children. The guidelines have the potential to create and strengthen partnerships between parents and educators, making it possible for more children to enter school ready to succeed and to continue succeeding throughout their elementary years.”