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Early Learning Collaboration

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The purpose of the Early Learning Collaboration component of WaKIDS is to promote a shared understanding of kindergarten readiness; improve the preparedness of children, families, schools, and communities; and ultimately, provide a smooth transition for children and families.

The expectations for Early Learning Collaboration are outlined in RCW 28A.150.315 which include developing strong connections to community early learning providers and participating in kindergarten-readiness activities.

School districts are collaborating with early learning providers in a variety of ways, including:

  • Participating in shared professional development
  • Sharing Pre-K transition reports
  • Reviewing WaKIDS data
  • Coordinating cross-program visits
  • Co-hosting kindergarten-readiness events for preschoolers and their families
  • Attending local early learning coalition meetings

Reopening Washington Schools 2020: Early Learning Planning Guide

This guide is a collection of recommended action steps and considerations specific to school-based early learning programs for children ages 0–8 years. Guidance for meeting Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for young students with disabilities can be found on the OSPI website on the Special Education Guidance for COVID-19 webpage. Guidance for early learning and child care settings can be found on the Department of Children, Youth, and Families website. In the upcoming weeks, OSPI will also be providing guidance specific to the administration of WaKIDS, the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills.

Resources

Kindergarten Preparation