EARLY LEARNING &
READING NETWORK

The Early Learning & Reading Network is dedicated to ensuring 100 percent enrollment in TPS preschools, meeting all six developmental skills entering kindergarten, and reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

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INCREASING ACCESS TO EARLY SUPPORTS

Network members help build pathways for early learning success by expanding Play to Learn, programming for those who nurture children ages six and under, and Building Connections, a series of comprehensive learning and development workshops in targeted sites in Tacoma’s Eastside and South End communities. 

 

SUPPORTING EARLY DEVELOPMENT

By providing training opportunities, ELRN supports parents, caregivers, child care providers, and teachers in key competencies of the Washington Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) in order to provide the best support possible for entering kindergarteners.

 

PROMOTING HEALTHY READING HABITS

The Network connects students to books in multiple ways from Book to Home delivery during summer to organizing with neighborhood barbers who provide free books to the boys of color who sit and visit in their chairs every month. In the 2017-18 school year, ELRN initiatives provided nearly 2,000 books to children in the Eastside and South End communities.

2020 TARGETS

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All TPS pre-K spots filled each year
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WaKIDS-ready in all six developmental areas
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Third graders meeting literacy standard
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Regular and on-time attendance

NETWORK EVENTS

Building Resilient Communities | Design Lab Course

April 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on February 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on March 21, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on April 18, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on May 2, 2020 at 9:00 am

ELRN Network Meeting

April 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 12:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating indefinitely

Building Resilient Communities | Design Lab Course

May 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on February 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on March 21, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on April 18, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on May 2, 2020 at 9:00 am

ELRN Network Meeting

May 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 12:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating indefinitely

NETWORK STRATEGIES

Book to Home

An initiative to bring access to quality books and promote reading opportunities to students who wouldn’t otherwise have them anytime, anyplace. 

Book to Barbershop

An initiative in partnership with neighborhood barbers to provide free books to the boys of color who sit and visit in their chairs every month. 

Building Connections

A professional development opportunity for educators encouraging joint development and relationship building.

Play to Learn

In partnership with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma to deliver classes focused on education for caregivers of children birth to six years. 

Read Across America

Support awareness of Read Across America Day by sharing promotional material with students and families. 

Campaign for Grade Level Reading

Support ongoing programming to close gaps and enhance outcomes for all young learners.

NETWORK LEADS

Jenai Fields
Foundation for Tacoma Students
ELRN Manager

Alyssa Torrez
KBTC Public Television
Community Engagement Manager

Angie Neville
Tacoma Public Schools
Curriculum & Instruction Director

Phoebe Anderson
Child Care Resources
Chief Operations Officer

Michelle Rahl-Lewis
Tacoma Public Schools
Program Specialist

Alyssa Tongue
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Learning Experiences Director

Jamie Mittan
Tacoma Public Library
Librarian 

NETWORK PARTNERS

  • Asia Pacific Cultural Center
  • Bamford Foundation
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound
  • Booked with Hilltop
  • Campaign for Grade Level Reading
  • Center for Strong Schools
  • Childcare Resources
  • Children’s Museum of Tacoma
  • Way Out Kids
  • YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Counties
  • Communities in Schools of Tacoma,
  • Ervin’s Barbershop
  • First5 FUNdamentals
  • Goodfellas Barbershop
  • Metro Parks Tacoma
  • KBTC Public Television
  • Multicultural Child & Family Hope Center
  • Novel Effect
  • Trinity Presbyterian
  • United Way of Pierce County