works closely with the Washington State Department of Early Learning and private partners Thrive by Five Washington and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to align educational opportunities for young children from birth through 3rd grade throughout our public school system.
Currently, 490+ Washington schools receive state funds for full-day kindergarten.
WaKIDS is a partnership paid for with state, federal and private funding, mandated for state-funded full-day
kindergarten programs in the 2012-13 school year.
Released in 2012, these guidelines describe behaviors and skills that children may demonstrate birth through grade 3, and how you as a parent or early learning professional can support their healthy development.
The Early Learning Plan is our state’s roadmap for building an early learning system.
In September 2013, the state Early Learning Partnership approved the recommendations of the Ready and Successful Schools Work Group.
The Starting Strong P–3 Institute is a three-day conference in August featuring
keynote speakers and numerous breakout sessions focused on P–3 alignment and
implementation including WaKIDS, Full-day Kindergarten, the Early Learning
Guidelines and Common Core, Community Collaboration and much more!