Early Learning in Washington State
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OSPI Early Learning works closely with the Washington State Department of Early Learning and private partners Thrive by Five Washington and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to align educational opportunities for young children from birth through 3rd grade throughout our public school system.


State-Funded Full-Day Kindergarten
Currently, 490+ Washington schools receive state funds for full-day kindergarten.

WaKIDS—Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills
WaKIDS is a partnership paid for with state, federal and private funding, mandated for state-funded full-day kindergarten programs in the 2012-13 school year.

Early Learning and Development Guidelines: Birth Through 3rd Grade
Released in 2012, these guidelines describe behaviors and skills that children may demonstrate birth through grade 3, and how you as a parent or early learning professional can support their healthy development.

Washington State Early Learning Plan
The Early Learning Plan is our state’s roadmap for building an early learning system.

Ready and Successful Schools Action Plan
In September 2013, the state Early Learning Partnership approved the recommendations of the Ready and Successful Schools Work Group.

Starting Strong Institute
The Starting Strong P–3 Institute is a three-day conference in August featuring keynote speakers and numerous breakout sessions focused on P–3 alignment and implementation including WaKIDS, Full-day Kindergarten, the Early Learning Guidelines and Common Core, Community Collaboration and much more!

Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation Webinar
July 8, 2015

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The webinar will be held to discuss how to design full-day kindergarten classrooms that are academically rigorous and developmentally appropriate.

State-Funded Full-Day Kindergarten and WaKIDS Webinar, April 28, 2015
Presentation: PPT | PDF | WMV
The webinar provides information useful to school district staff and school principals who may receive funding for state-funded full-day kindergarten and be implementing the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS), the state's kindergarten assessment.

Fingerprint Background Checks for Early Learning Professionals Who Have Had Their Fingerprint Background Check Completed Through the Department of Early Learning (DEL)
Starting June 12, 2014, individuals working in certain early learning settings will no longer have to undergo both the Department of Early Learning (DEL) and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) background check. Senate Bill 6093 allows these individuals to meet their background check requirements by providing a copy of their DEL background check results to OSPI. More information.

Help for Principals Seeking to Locate Child Care Providers Near Their Schools

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