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Early Learning Plan


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The Washington State Early Learning Plan is our state’s roadmap for building an early learning system. The plan was created with the input of hundreds of Washington residents who told us what was needed to help make sure all children in our state have what they need to succeed in school and life.

DEL, along with our partners at Thrive Washington, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Washington State Department of Health, and the Department of Social and Health Services will help lead implementation, but many people and groups will be part of making this plan happen: Parents, providers, early learning coalitions, public health professionals, public libraries, state agencies, child care resource and referral agencies, schools and educational service districts, and more.

Early Learning Plan: 2015 5-year Update *NEW*

To celebrate the first five years of the early learning plan, see the midpoint report published in fall 2015.

2015/2016 School Year Priorities *NEW*

Early Learning Plan vision statement: "In Washington state, we work together so that all children start life with a solid foundation for success, based on strong families and a world-class early learning system for all children prenatal through grade 3. Accessible, accountable, and developmentally and culturally appropriate, our system partners with families to ensure that every child is healthy, capable, and confident in school and in life."