Washington is part of a 20-state network tackling inequities in early childhood education based on race, ethnicity, language and culture.
The state’s Department of Early Learning aims to build a quality preschool system that boosts the kindergarten readiness of minority children so that a child’s race no longer predicts how ready they are to learn.
Toward that goal, four women who already are playing a big role in early childhood in the state will join a 20-state network to share ideas about to improve racial equity in preschool.
They’ll join a network of 38 leaders organized by the BUILD Initiative, which was founded in 2002 by a group of private foundations interested in early childhood education.
Over the next three years, they will work together to figure out what early childhood systems can do to eliminate inequities based on race, ethnicity, language and culture.
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The four leaders representing Washington State are:
- Jill Sells, a pediatrician and Executive Director of Reach Out and Read Washington State;
- Bianca Bailey, Parent Ambassador Coordinator for the Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP
- Heather Kawamoto, Equity in Education Program Manager for the Puget Sound Educational Service District; and
- Evette Jasper, an administrator in the Partnerships and Collaboration Division at the Department of Early Learning.
The Department of Early Learning also wants to fill a vacancy on the Washington Early Learning Advisory Council. The open position represents Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant/Seasonal Head Start or Tribal Head Start Program. The application deadline is February 15.