Coalition to host meetings in Walla Walla on early learning, child care

The Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition is hosting the gatherings Wednesday and Thursday.

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WALLA WALLA -- A series of public meetings focused on discussing early learning and child care will take place Wednesday and Thursday.

On Wednesday, local child-care providers are invited to join in a discussion to assess early learning needs in the Valley as it relates to child care. Topics may include how to encourage learning in a child care setting, and a discussion of experiences and pay for adults who care for children.

Hosted by the Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition, the meeting will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Parent Child Center at Walla Walla Community College, next to the Dietrich Dome.

The coalition has been focused on developing an Early Learning Strategic Plan that will serve families in the Walla Walla Valley. Coordinators would like the people who care for children on a daily basis to provide input and direction for the strategic plan. Dessert will be provided.

For more information or to confirm attendance, contact Samantha Bowen by calling 527-4453 or at samantha.bowen@wwcc.edu.

Wednesday's meeting will be followed up with the second strategic planning process meeting on Thursday. Anyone interested in guiding the Early Learning Strategic Planning Process for the area's children may attend from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Walla Walla Public Schools administration building, 364 S. Park St. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP by calling 527-4453.

Support for early learning is a state-driven initiative that looks to implement plans and changes that will ensure children from ages birth to 5 are getting the best start possible. The local Early Learning Coalition's goal is to see all the region's children starting school with the skills and resources needed to succeed academically and in life.

More information on the Strategic Planning Process and the Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition is available online at www.wwcc.edu/elc.

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