New Report is Released: State of Our Children and Families

Children are our future!

In the beginning. . .

Early learning describes that magical time period from birth to kindergarten, a time when immense brain development happens. The brain is a sponge soaking up love, family culture, word development, creativity and many other simple important life skills that will create a giant canvas and impact these bundles of joy for their entire lives. That’s a lot to wrap your mind around. That means that these first five years need to offer learning in everything.

Early learning in southwest Washington. . .

For a mighty small army of early learning professionals, none of this is new information. A number of individuals and organizations, including EOCF, have been working together on behalf of children and families throughout the region to ensure that children are ready for kindergarten. We invite you to review this excellent new report focusing on SW Washington by clicking this link: http://selfwa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/SELF_State-of-the-Children-17-02-20.pdf. Thanks to Support for Early Learning and Families (SELF) and Southwest Washington Early Learning Regional Coalition (SWEL) for their diligence in gathering and reporting this important data.

Today and into the future. . .

The Washington State Department of Early Learning recently set an inspirational goal: “By 2020, 90% of five-year-olds will be ready for kindergarten with race, ethnicity and family income no longer predictors of readiness.”  EOCF continues strong with unwavering dedication to our mission.

(excerpts taken from State of Our Children and Families Report 2017)