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Washington state is home to a growing number of families who struggle to get by. To address challenges our region’s families face, we support many dedicated and innovative community organizations in the Pacific Northwest. We focus on nonprofit organizations and tribes that can best identify and serve the needs of low-income children and families. We help these organizations serve more people, build organizational strength, and improve their programs.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

Designing Equitable Parent-School Collaboration

Parents are experts on their own interests, needs and priorities – and schools can be leaders in achieving more effective parent engagement and partnerships by recognizing parents’ strengths, accounting for cultural context, and changing policies or practices to remove barriers.

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Reflections on #NAEH15: Ensuring Forward Momentum

We now know what it takes to make homelessness rare, brief and one time, and how to apply our shared wisdom in urban, suburban and rural settings to minimize, or even prevent, the crisis of homelessness for unaccompanied youth, adults or families.

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Housing is Healthcare

Imagine a future in which a patient walks into a health clinic, and after a brief conversation with a doctor, the physician reaches for her prescription pad and writes, “1 unit, permanent housing with flexible supportive services.” She hands the scrip to her patient, who is able to have it filled as easily as an antibiotic.

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Effective, Affordable Preschool: Expanding Early Learning

Because pre-K is so important to creating a lifelong benefits, we are passionate about expanding opportunities for young children to access high-quality, effective and affordable preschool education.

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Supporting STEM Teachers in South King County

Thanks to a partnership with DonorsChoose.org and the South King County STEM Network, 460 classroom projects in South King County were fully funded.

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