Early Learning

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
Beginning in the 2016–17 school year all schools will be eligible for state funds for full-day kindergarten.

WaKIDS—Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills
WaKIDS is a transition process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience and connect the key adults in a child’s life. It is a required element of state-funded full-day kindergarten.

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!

   Updated 6/8/2018

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