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Early Learning

What if every child had five years of education before they started school? In fact, they do. Children are born learning and from birth to age five, a child learns at a speed that is unmatched the rest of his or her life. Children who have nurturing, healthy and supportive experiences in their early years are much better prepared to succeed in school and life. 

Success By 6 is a United Way effort to make early childhood development a top priority in communities across the country. United Way of Thurston County is one of hundreds of groups working to ensure that, by the age of six, all children have the skills they need to succeed in school and in life.


Right from the Start
Learn more about this innovative parent resource center and the many ways it supports parents as their child’s first and best teachers.

 Kindergarten Readiness Calendar
 Designed for families with four year olds, this free calendar is filled with 12 months of get ready for school activites the year before kindergarten. Ready each August.
English Version or Spanish Version

Kindergarten Readiness Survey
What do Thurston County kindergarten teachers tell us about children’s school readiness?

South Sound Born Learning
A public awareness campaign about the importance of the early years and how parents and caregivers  can turn everyday moments into learning opportunities.

Thurston Early Childhood Coalition
A collaborative of Thurston County agencies and individuals strategically aligned to advance the success of all children through age eight.

Love Talk Play
Get free tips and ideas at
or call the Family Helpline 1-800-932-4673

Economic Vitality Brochure
Contact: Nancy Villanueva, Right from the Start Coordinator
360-388-8875/ 360-273-5161