WELCOME

WSA provides a strong voice in Washington, DC and Olympia as our legislators make decisions that affect low-income children and families. Our voice is made stronger by the continuing involvement of hundreds of Head Start and ECEAP parents and graduates.

Click here to find a program in your region. 

 
 

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EVENTS & TRAINING

Our Annual Directors' Retreat is coming up July 18-20 in Leavenworth. Registration information is available here

Our 31st Annual Summer Institute is coming up June 25-27 in Ellensburg.  We have some fabulous courses for early learning professionals!   Scholarships available.  Click here for more info.

We have a great Winter Directors Meeting planned for Head Start and ECEAP directors and senior staff.  As you know, these meetings are a great opportunity to get valuable updates, help guide WSA’s work in Olympia and DC, and learn from your peers. - See more at: http://wsa.iescentral.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=mf_event_detail&event_time_id=3#sthash.9MLuOAvY.dpu
Winter Directors Meeting planned for Head Start and ECEAP directors and senior staff - See more at: http://wsa.iescentral.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=mf_event_detail&event_time_id=3#sthash.8LlBDENE.dpuf

NEWS & UPDATES

We're Hiring!

We're glad to announce we're hiring! We're looking for a Professional Development Specialist to join our team! Click here to apply

 

Expand ECEAP Eligibility - Don't leave kids behind!

It's a big week in Olympia - our bill to expand ECEAP to thousands more children is up for a hearing in the House! 

Our message: Don't leave thousands of kids behind!  Children eligible for free and reduced lunch can rarely afford high quality pre-k like ECEAP, and when they arrive at kindergarten behind, they stay behind.

Call or email your representative today! 

 

Help Parents Get an Education!

We need your help! It is HARD to get through college and vocational training programs when you have kids, and Washington state makes it way harder

We're trying to fix this!  This week the House and the Senate in Olympia are both having hearings on bills that would eliminate that work requirement for full time students. Please call or email your lawmakers today!

Support the Early Learning Chess Initiative

Can learning chess help at-risk preschoolers start ahead and stay ahead? A pilot study launched in partnership with Chess4Life is showing positive results. With the help from a seed evaluation grant from Boeing Foundation, we are expanding this innovative and first of its kind of approach to help low income children get ready for kindergarten. Click here to learn more about how you can be involved!

Amazing Parent Leadership Opportunity! 

Applications are available to be a 2018 WSA Parent Ambassador, our award-winning parent leadership program.  More


Immigration Rights Resources

We have compiled some online immigration rights resources that we hope will help families and programs. 


ECEAP Fact Sheets

Does ECEAP Work?  Why do we want to invest in Pre-K?  How does ECEAP help homeless familes?  Check out our new fact sheets to find out.  And more to come!


Blog -  Head Start Performance Standards

Our Executive Director summarizes what the new Head Start Performance Standards will mean for programs.


Great new study on The Long-term Impact of The Head Start Program

Check out this great new study on the long-term impacts that the Head Start has on children.


New study in Tulsa shows the lasting effects Head Start has on children through Middle School. 

Full article here


News Release:  WA Ranks #32 in Pre-K Access

Our state pre-k program serves only 9.3% of 4 year olds, compared to 29% national average.  NIEER says we're #32.  That's why we're asking for 3400 new children next year!  News Release.


New Poll: 68% Support More ECEAP Funding

We asked voters statewide whether they would support more ECEAP funding.  And guess what - they did!  Check out our poll results.


Our Letter to the Office of Head Start on Family Engagment

Over 20 organizations signed on to our letter to the Office of Head Start. Check it out here.


Study Shows ECEAP is a GREAT Investment!

An analysis requested by the legislature showed amazing results for ECEAP.  High quality early learning programs like ECEAP and Head Start help kids get ready for school, and the impacts last!  More info here.


Check out our Advocacy video!

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