Educare Staff at a Table

Educare Learning Network Early Head Start Childcare Partnerships Community of Practice in Seattle

On February 6-7 Educare Seattle welcomed leaders from Educare schools and their operating organizations from across the country for our third annual Early Head Start Childcare Partnerships Community of Practice. This influential group of leaders, advocates, funders and grantees is focused on implementing high quality partnerships across the country, and expanding access for children birth to three. The meeting was hosted by the Educare Learning Network and the Ounce of Prevention, at Educare Seattle. Great big thanks to Carol Keintz, for co-planning and co-facilitating the community or practice with Kellie Morrill. Carol recently moved to Gig Harbor and is a member of the PSESD Learning Communities Foundation Board and the retired Executive Director of Educare Milwaukee.

To highlight the diversity of the Pacific Northwest, Educare Seattle worked with Educare Learning Network to plan a reception with food from local restaurants owned by White Center residents, some of whom are parents and grandparents of Educare or Heritage Head Start Graduates. Together, we welcomed special guests Ken Workman, descendant of Chief Sealth, Kim Camara of Indigenouz Placemakerz and the 7Generation Canoe Family, a Salish Coast Inter-Tribal group. They offered teachings about the Pacific Northwest’s First Peoples ways and cultures, and shared songs and dances with us before joining our meal. Appreciations to Wendy Armour and the Educare Leadership team for helping to host the reception despite snow conditions and closures. This event was very successful, and it represented PSESD and PSESD Learning Communities Foundation’s first partnership to co-host a large event of this nature at the Educare school.

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