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Vision and Mission


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At the Department of Early Learning (DEL), we work to help children in Washington prepare for success in school and life. 


DEL vision: Children in Washington start kindergarten healthy, capable, and confident in their ability to learn and succeed. 


DEL mission: DEL offers voluntary, comprehensive, high-quality early learning programs and support to families and early learning professionals.

Strategic Plan

    Our four strategic goals:

    1. Provide voluntary, high-quality early learning opportunities for children and families in Washington

    2. Support all early learning professionals with research-based professional development and resources to ensure high-quality early learning opportunities

    3. Build public awareness of and support for high-quality early learning opportunities

    4. Promote system excellence by ensuring DEL is well-managed and supportive of its employees

    2015-2018 Strategic Plan Details: