Welcome to the
Governor's Commission on Early Learning
For more information please feel free to contact:
PO Box 40011
Olympia, WA 98504-0011
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Governor Locke's Home Page
What is the
Governor Locke appointed Mona Lee Locke and
Melinda French Gates as co-chairs of the Commission on
Early Learning to focus public attention on the learning of our States youngest
Commission on Early Learning is charged with ensuring that every child in Washington goes
to school prepared to succeed.
The Commission is working to
identify gaps in programs for children and parents and is focusing on raising the
publics awareness of the importance of the early years to a child's ability to
- Create a statewide public engagement
campaign to share information with parents, grandparents and anyone who cares for
young children about the importance of early brain development. The campaign will also
offer practical ways to take advantage of that information.
- Establish a non-profit foundation
which will provide funds to efforts in two areas: child care quality and parent education.
- The foundation will provide
scholarships and other supports to child care providers who wish to further their studies
in early childhood education.
- The foundation will also provide funding to support local programs providing parent
education. The goal is to increase access to parenting programs and inspire parents to