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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.

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EVENTS & TRAINING

Feldesman Tucker Training - Head Start Eligibility and Grants Management Issues, May 12-13, 2015

We have a great two day training planned for May 12-13, 2015. Join Ted Waters for this great training and learn some new tools around grant writing, eligibility requirements and much more! For more information click here.

Conscious Discipline Webinar Series, New time and Dates!

We have a great five part Conscious Discipline Webinar planned for you! Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive social and emotional intelligence classroom/child care management program that empowers both adults and children hosted by a great trainer, Annette Chastain who has over 20 years of experience in Mental Health and Early Childhood. More information here!

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.dpuf
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.dpuf
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.dpuf
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.dpuf
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.dpuf

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We are now part of the AmazonSmile program. This program allows you to donate .5% of your purchase order from Amazon. Please click below to start your donation through AmazonSmile.

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

All events and trainings

NEWS & UPDATES

Parent Leadership Past Training Materials

Check out our Past Even Material page from our Parent Leadership Insitute. 

Fall Meeting Past Conference Materials

We now have presentations and resources up on our Past Event Materials page

News Release - 12-Month Subsidy Survey Shows Impact of Anti-Family Policies

Thousands of children get bounced out of child care each year, and our provider survey shows the impact of that lack of continuity on children, families and providers.  Click here for news release and survey report.

WSA Compensation & Benefits Study - Head Start Programs 2015

WSA is collecting and analyzing wage and benefit data across Washington for the job categories identified in the Office of Head Start's "Guide for Conducting Wage and Fringe Benefits Comparability Survey." Learn more about it here

Homeless Mom Testifies in Olympia

Abril Mitchell-Ward, a parent from Federal Way, WA, brought legislators and advocates to tears with her story of how ECEAP changed her life.  Watch her testimony 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.

Head Start/ECEAP Programs Score High on Early Achievers

Head Start and ECEAP programs are as good as we thought they were!  Of the 55 sites rated, 51 have received 4 out of 5 on our state's Early Achievers quality rating system, and one has scored a 5.  Check out our news release here.

Become a WSA Early Learning Hero!

We are looking for some enthusiastic volunteers that would like to help us advocate for ECEAP and Head Start and other early learning investments. We need your help!  If you are willing to get involved and can commit to taking action during this upcoming legislative session and/or during the next session of Congress please consider becoming a WSA Early Learning Hero for children. You can sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Take_Action

WSA Blog - Head Start Survival Guide

Last week the US Senate was flipped from Democratic to Republican control.  This means that in January 2015 Head Start will be facing a more difficult environment in Congress than we have experienced the past few years. Here are some things you need to know to prepare for the new Congress and what it will take for us to survive: WSA Blog

Washington State Election Doesn’t Change Much: Still Stuck in a Budget Rut

What's coming for Early Learning in the next state legislative session?  Click to find out: State Legislative Update

2015 Parent Ambassador applications are now available

Are you a parent of a EHS, HS or ECEAP child? You should apply for our Parent Ambassador program. This is a year long program that teaches you to  effectively engage parents in their community, leadership skills, the basics of government, about specific pieces of legislation, how to contact their lawmakers, and how to provide effective testimony. For more informaiton CLICK HERE!

WSA Scholarships and Awards still available

WSA Scholarships and Awards are still available! We will be awarding these Scholarships and Awards at our Winter Meeting in Olympia, WA February 10-12, 2015. Click here for more infomation!

WSA Blog - Did Friends Win the Emmy? 

No, and Head Start is different than 2002 too!  More

Check out our new video!

What can one person do to advocate for young children?

WSA Newsletter- Head Start and ECEAP News!

Check out our newsletter and catch up on what is going on the in the Head Start and ECEAP world. Click here for more information.

News Release:  State Spends Less than 1% on Early Learning

The feds are investing in Pre-K, but Washington has a long way to go, especially as the legislature decides how to respond to the McCleary court decision More

Just For Parents Newsletter - July 2014

Find out about Head Start budget, WSA's plans to ask for 6000 ECEAP expansion kids, science projects, parent advocacy, voting and more!  More

News Release:  Meet the Class of 2028

Washington’s Model Pre-K Celebrates Dramatic Gains for the Most At-Risk Students -  It is high school graduation season and some of the most at-risk members of Washington’s class of 2028 are taking a big step towards earning their high school diplomas. They are graduating from preschool in the state’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), ranked among the nation’s highest quality state pre-k programs in 2014 by the National Institute for Early Education Research.  More