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Where quality goes, minds grow

Every child deserves to flourish from a foundation of quality learning. At Cultivate Learning we advance the fields of early childhood education and expanded learning opportunities through expertise and resources that bridge theory and practice.

Who We Are header

Where quality goes, minds grow

Every child deserves to flourish from a foundation of quality learning. At Cultivate Learning we advance the fields of early childhood education and expanded learning opportunities through expertise and resources that bridge theory and practice.

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A Brief History

Founded by Gail Joseph, Bezos Family Foundation Distinguished Professor in Early Learning, Cultivate Learning started as a single program of three staff in a small office, with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Over the years, we have partnered with the Office of Head Start, the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (formerly the Department of Early Learning), Child Care Aware, and others who believe deeply in our commitment to equity and access to research, practice, and continuing development of the highest quality. Cultivate Learning has established itself as a bridge between research and practice, and has emerged as an institution that delivers guidance and expertise in multiple aspects of early learning and expanded learning opportunities.

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Our Initiatives

Research and data collection outcomes inform the work we do. We assess all licensed childcare and pre-K programs in the state and conduct thorough studies on quality in early learning and expanded learning opportunities. This research data helps us develop timely professional learning materials and effective practices to improve the quality of learning environments, advocate for children, and publish studies that are used to inform policy and systems at state and national levels.

Our professional learning initiatives impact learning environments quickly and effectively through a wealth of research-backed expertise, tools, resources, and institutes. Coaching gives providers opportunities to collaborate, develop goals and action plans, and reflect on their practices to help them meet and exceed state standards by 2019.

The EarlyEdU Alliance is our commitment to transform teacher preparation in early learning by growing a broad and highly-trained workforce. We have built strong partnerships with state and federal agencies, philanthropic organizations, and researchers to develop a complete suite of competency-based courses and multimedia resources for early learning degree programs across the country.

Stay Connected

cultiv8@uw.edu | (206) 221-0569
5001 25th Ave NE #201e Seattle, WA 98105 | UW Box # 354238

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