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The Early Learning Plan is a 10-year roadmap for building a coordinated, comprehensive system of early learning in Washington. Click here to download the pdf.

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Kids Matter

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In support of statewide early learning system in Washington state, four organizations collaborated---with many partners---to create, Kids Matter, an outcome-based early childhood systems framework. This effort was sponsored by the following lead organizations:

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Public and private partners in early childhood across the state have helped to develop and support the use of the common framework.




Learn How to use Kids Matter


Learn from the people who use the Kids Matter Framework and read what they have to say


Download a document on health and school readiness

Click here to read "Healthy Children Learn".

The document was created by Dr. Jill Sells - a pediatrician, writer, and consultant. She consults with the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) program to help improve the health and school readiness of young children in the State of Washington.


Understanding Opportunities

Click here to read "Understanding Opportunities", an article featured in the Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families publication. Written by Lorrie Grevstad and Dr. Jill Sells, it discusses the role of the Kids Matter framework in early childhood systems development in Washington State.


Interview Summaries

Click here to read "Perspectives on Early Childhood Systems: Highlights From Interviews of Key Stakeholders in Washington State". This summary, prepared by Organizational Research Services (ORS), includes interviews with key early learning stakeholders in Washington State. The purpose of the interviews was to gather information about statewide early childhood systems-building work and to use the information and lessons learned to guide future efforts.

Request Copies

To request copies of the Kids Matter Executive Summary please send an email to the Foundation for Early Learning or contact Erin Okuno at 206.525.4801. ext. 23.