Creating Washington's Next Statewide Early Learning Strategic Plan

The Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) is working with communities across the state to gather and summarize existing information, data and experiences to create a statewide early learning needs assessment. This will help us identify where the current system has opportunities for improvement as well as areas of success and promise. It will include data on young children’s health and development, school readiness, the economic stability and well-being of families, availability of high quality early learning experiences and more.

Your voice matters!

This survey is one part of the significant partner and community outreach being conducted to inform and shape the current story of early learning needs in our state. We want to hear from parents, teachers, providers and the greater community of partners who work and interact with children prenatal through third grade and their families.

The needs assessment will be completed this fall and will be used to create strategies that will guide the next phase of our work: creating Washington’s next Early Learning Strategic Plan. This plan will become the roadmap that guides how we can all work together to ensure all young children in Washington have the opportunity to experience a great start in life.