Early Learning

United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties has been working on the most critical issues in our community, including Early Childhood Education.  As we examined the issues more deeply, it became clear that to make a real difference in our community, we must make an early investment in our children.  When our children succeed, our community succeeds.

All infants, children, and youth should be nurtured and provided with the opportunity to succeed in school, develop life skills, and reach their full potential. 

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The North Central Early Learning Collaborative continues to engage in opportunities to connect with parents/caregivers. In one effort to ensure our youth have the skills and tools necessary to succeed in school, we applied for and acquired a grant from Molina Foundation to receive 1200 infant, toddler, pre-school and school-age books.  Books were distributed at the Opportunity Community Conference and provided to the Parent to Parent Holiday Project.  If you have an upcoming community opportunity and would like additional information please contact charity@uwncw.org, or call 509-662-8261.


North Central Early Learning Collaborative FAQ

Parent to Parent is a statewide support network of trained Helping Parents, all of whom have children with developmental disabilities, delays, and/or ongoing health care needs. Washington State Parent to Parent (P2P) is funded by The Arc of Washington State, Washington State Division of Developmental Disabilities, and the Department of Health/Children with Special Health Care Needs. County programs also receive funding from the Developmental Disabilities Administration, United Way, local grants and donations.

Parent to Parent

Thrive Washington advances high-quality early learning – with a commitment to innovation and equity – throughout Washington state. We work with partners to activate communities, advocate for young children and families, and influence public and private investment.

Our work now drives toward three major goals for the biggest impact possible:

1.  Prepare every child for success (because not all children get the same start in life)

2.  Advance the field (because high-quality early learning programs are proven to make a long-term difference for children)

3.  Build a thriving system (because we all play an important role in helping every child get a great start)

What Matters for Children?

To ensure that all children in our state get a strong start in school and life, Thrive brings the following values to our work:

• Parents are their child’s first teacher and most important advocate.
• Early childhood development is about more than learning and demands a comprehensive approach for children and families.
• A focus on racial equity and access for children and families furthest from opportunity is crucial to closing the opportunity gap.
• Engaged, supported and connected communities are vital to a healthy early learning system.
• High-quality programs and interactions require a balance of evidence and innovation to ensure the best results.
• Authentic partnerships are hard work and essential to progress.

Thrive Washington

Right now, Washington state is home to more than 348,000 children ages 3 and younger. That means there are a lot of parents who could use a little help during these important early years.

The “Love. Talk. Play.” campaign aims to surround parents of children birth to age 3 with simple messages about three key things all parents can and need to be doing with their children every day: love, talk and play.

Shaped by information from national early learning experts, conversations with parents and input from the state’s regional early learning coalitions and state partners, the campaign reaches out to parents with these messages and ways they can take advantage of everyday moments.

This campaign is sponsored by Thrive Washington, the state’s nonprofit public-private partnership for early learning, the state Department of Early Learning and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and it is supported by many other statewide and local organizations.