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Giving Kids an Equal Chance

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What happens in children's earliest days and years has enormous influence on their lives--on their personal relationships, their ability to work with others, their emotional resilience, their academic success, and more. 

More than half of Washington's children are not ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten, and many start school as much as two years behind their peers in language and learning skills. The achievement gap in our schools mostly harms low-income kids, students of color and those with limited English proficiency. Much of this unconscionable achievement gap is really a "preparedness gap" that already exists when children begin kindergarten.

By supporting children and their families during the early years, we know that we can positively affect the rest of their lives. Our goal is to make sure that all children get an equal chance at success and start kindergarten ready to learn.

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Supporting Parents

Parents are their children's first teachers, and all parents need support at some time in raising their children. Here's how we help. Read more


Parent-Child Home Program

The Parent-Child Home Program is a research-based early literacy and school readiness program for hard-to-reach families. Read more

Improving the Quality of Child Care

When children receive high quality care, the positive effects are lasting, particularly for children from low-income home environments. Read more

Intervening Early

Research shows that early intervention reduces the intensity of service required later in a child's life. Read more

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