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Birth to 3rd Grade Work Group

The Road Map Project’s Birth to 3rd Grade Work Group is working to help our region improve kindergarten readiness and 3rd grade reading and to close opportunity and achievement gaps for children of color and children living in poverty. Work group members represent early learning and K-12, and have a particular focus on building systems that create seamless prenatal through early elementary grade experiences for the students and families in our region.

In 2016, a revised Birth to 3rd Grade Implementation Plan and set of prioritized strategies was completed.  The work group is now focused on supporting implementation plans for the strategies included in the plan and leveraging opportunities and the state and local level that will help the group make progress towards the common goals.


Kimberly Walker, Early Learning Collaboration Manager, SOAR
Contact: Kimberly@childrenandyouth.org / 206.336.6906  

Additional Contacts

King County Vroom Network,   Lead: Devon Love
Speak Your Language Campaign,  Lead: Maribel Montes De Oca
Kindergarten Registration Campaign,  Lead: Mary Waldron

November 2, 2016 Meeting Materials

May 4, 2016 Meeting Materials

Key Documents


Ann Arnold, Highline Public Schools
Christine Stark, Launch
David Beard, School’s Out Washington
Devon Love, King County Public Health, Vroom
Enrica Hapton, Kindering
Erica Johnson, Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning
Hannah Locke, United Way of King County
Heather Newman, Tukwila School District
James Cooper-Nurse, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Jill Riemer, Grade Level Reading Campaign
Jill Sells, Reach Out & Read Washington State
Karen Howell-Clark, United Way of King County
Louisa Sanchez, Federal Way Public Schools
Maren Ostergard, King County Library System
Mary Fertakis, Tukwila School Board
Mary Waldron, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Michelle Hankinson, Child Care Resources
Michelle Sarju, Open Arms
Page Meyer, Kent School District
Paula Steinke, SOAR
Sara Rigel, King County Public Health
Sheila Capestany, King County, Best Starts for Kids
Stephanie Orrico, Within Reach
Tammy Petrina, Auburn School District
Ted Dezember, King County Housing Authority
Tisha Crumley, University of Washington P-3 Institute
Wendy Harris, King County Department of Developmental Disabilities