Parents

The Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition strives to support parents and other significant adults in their important role as children’s first teachers. Below are helpful links pertaining to child development, child care and parenting.

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Literacy & Preparing for School

  • Born Learning*
    Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities. Sleep, nutrition,and healthcare factor daily into your child’s learning. Learn about your role in your child’s learning and understand how children learn better.
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  • Love . Talk . Play
    A birth to 3 campaigns for parents, sponsored by ThrivebyFive in WA State (a public/ private partnership). A simple message with a focus on 3 actions – love, talk and play – that every parent can do with their child during every day moments. These engagements with their child will strengthen their ability to bond, enhance the learning process and enjoy being their child’s first and most important teacher.
  • Reach Out and Read Washington State
    Founded by pediatricians, Reach Out and Read prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. New, high-quality books are given to children at well-check up appointments. Medical providers offer families the information, support and materials they need to promote their child’s developmental skills and to increase school readiness. The Walla Walla Clinic is the largest local partner in our community, embraced by their leadership, pediatricians and nurses alike.
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  • National Association for the Education of Young Children *
    Promotes excellence in early childhood education. A career resource for all early childhood professionals. A hub for the latest books, authors, seminars, conferences, etc. Addresses opportunities and challenges in the field of early childhood development.
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  • Parents as Teachers
    Offers families support through a federal home visiting program that develops curricula around evidence-based practices, trains professionals and advocates for children and families. Their advocacy shapes policy around enhancing school readiness in the early, formative years of life.

Special Needs

  • Birth to Three
    The mission of the Birth to Three System is to strengthen the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities. Do you have concerns about how a child sees, talks, hears, moves eats or plays?
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  • Parents as Teachers
    Offers families support through a federal home visiting program that develops curricula around evidence-based practices, trains professionals and advocates for children and families. Their advocacy shapes policy around enhancing school readiness in the early, formative years of life.

Parenting Education & Support

  • Born Learning*
    Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities. Sleep, nutrition,and healthcare factor daily into your child’s learning. Learn about your role in your child’s learning and understand how children learn better.
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  •  Child Care Aware
    Child Care Aware© is the nation’s most respected hub of information for parents and child care providers. A program of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), Child Care Aware® helps families learn more about the elements of quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. Child Care Aware® also provides child care providers with access to resources for their child care programs. Our toll-free hotline is staffed by highly-trained and friendly Child Care Consumer Education Specialists who offer both parents and providers invaluable information about child care, and referrals to local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies where they can receive individualized assistance. The Child Care Aware® website is one of the most visited and trusted destinations for parents seeking child care. By providing reliable information about quality child care and referrals to community resources, Child Care Aware® is a critical national link between parents and child care providers.
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  • Love . Talk . Play
    A birth to 3 campaigns for parents, sponsored by ThrivebyFive in WA State (a public/ private partnership). A simple message with a focus on 3 actions – love, talk and play – that every parent can do with their child during every day moments. These engagements with their child will strengthen their ability to bond, enhance the learning process and enjoy being their child’s first and most important teacher.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children *
    Promotes excellence in early childhood education. A career resource for all early childhood professionals. A hub for the latest books, authors, seminars, conferences, etc. Addresses opportunities and challenges in the field of early childhood development.
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  • Parents as Teachers
    Offers families support through a federal home visiting program that develops curricula around evidence-based practices, trains professionals and advocates for children and families. Their advocacy shapes policy around enhancing school readiness in the early, formative years of life.
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  • Talaris Research Institute *
    Supports parents in raising socially and emotionally healthy children. Child development and brain research have produced compelling evidence that relationships and experiences in the first five years of life shape development in significant ways. Recognized for providing research-based products that quickly and accurately reinforce a parent’s confidence, correct misconceptions, and remind parents how to interact positively with their children during everyday moments.
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  • Parenting Counts
    The research-based family of products developed by Talaris Institute to support parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children. Note: By signing up for a free membership, you will get access to much more parenting information, including videos, a research-based developmental timeline and interactive webcasts.
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  • Parent Trust for WA State
    Education and support services for families throughout WA State. Manages free Family Help Line (800) 932-4673.
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  • TANF and Support Services
    A program of the WA Dept of Social and Health Services that provides temporary cash and medical help for families in need.
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  • Zero to Three*
    A national non-profit that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Childcare

  • Child Care Aware
    Child Care Aware© is the nation’s most respected hub of information for parents and child care providers. A program of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), Child Care Aware® helps families learn more about the elements of quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. Child Care Aware® also provides child care providers with access to resources for their child care programs. Our toll-free hotline is staffed by highly-trained and friendly Child Care Consumer Education Specialists who offer both parents and providers invaluable information about child care, and referrals to local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies where they can receive individualized assistance. The Child Care Aware® website is one of the most visited and trusted destinations for parents seeking child care. By providing reliable information about quality child care and referrals to community resources, Child Care Aware® is a critical national link between parents and child care providers.

Professional Support

  • Child Care Aware
    Child Care Aware© is the nation’s most respected hub of information for parents and child care providers. A program of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), Child Care Aware® helps families learn more about the elements of quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. Child Care Aware® also provides child care providers with access to resources for their child care programs. Our toll-free hotline is staffed by highly-trained and friendly Child Care Consumer Education Specialists who offer both parents and providers invaluable information about child care, and referrals to local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies where they can receive individualized assistance. The Child Care Aware® website is one of the most visited and trusted destinations for parents seeking child care. By providing reliable information about quality child care and referrals to community resources, Child Care Aware® is a critical national link between parents and child care providers.
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  • Washington Association for the Education of Young Children *
    A professional organization for those working with children birth – 8 years in WA. There are 11 local affiliate chapters and 1600 members in WA.
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  • Zero to Three*
    A national non-profit that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Political & Government

  • Children’s Alliance*
    Washington’s voice for children, youth and families. Learn about the 2012 Legislative session and its effect on our kids. Discover how you can join, give and act on behalf of children in our state.
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  • First Five Years Fund
    Funding and advocacy group that helps America achieve better results in education, health, and economic productivity through investments in quality early childhood education for disadvantaged children from birth to five years old.
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  • Washington Learns *
    Created and led by Governor Gregoire, WA Learns conducted an 18 mo review of Washington State’s entire education system, structure and funding. Recommendations from this comprehensive study will serve as a road map to prepare all WA students to succeed in today’s global economy.
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  • TANF and Support Services
    A program of the WA Dept of Social and Health Services that provides temporary cash and medical help for families in need.

Partnerships & Funding

  • Foundation for Early Learning
    A public foundation that provides grants, technical assistance and publications to ensure all children have a strong start to school.
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  • Department of Early Learning*
    Washington State’s governmental institution that strives to help create a safe, healthy, nurturing learning experience for all WA children. Information is available for parents and those who teach young children. DEL is finalizing the state’s Guidelines for early learning for 2012 and sets standards for program and funding alignment across the state. Key partner with ThrivebyFive.
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  • Thrive by Five Washington
    The state’s non-profit public-private partnership for early learning. Focus is on the three areas to advance WA state’s early learning efforts in 1) deepen parent and caregiver knowledge of child development 2) build a coordinated home-visiting system to serve at risk families) 3) build partnerships and drive mobilization. Creator of current early learning campaign Love . Talk . Play
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  • Dept. of Early Learning
    Washington State’s governmental institution that strives to help create a safe, healthy, nurturing learning experience for all WA children. Information is available for parents and those who teach young children. DEL is finalizing the state’s Guidelines for early learning for 2012 and sets standards for program and funding alignment across the state. Key partner with ThrivebyFive.