Workgroups

Data ManagementPreschool Blocks
Finance
Health
Infrastructure
Program Quality and Capacity
Workforce Development

There are currently no workgroups scheduled.  Please check back for updates. Thank you to everyone who served on the workgroups!

We are working with local and national early learning experts to create a comprehensive, research-based action plan that utilizes best practices for providing quality preschool for Seattle's 3- and 4-year-olds.

As a part of this process we convened 6 workgroups made up of members of the community to provide information about the strengths and needs of Seattle's early education system and to provide feedback on a draft action plan. Each workgroup met 3 to 4 times between January and March 2014.

The workgroups included:

Data Management, led by Sid Sidorowicz, Deputy Director, Office for Education

  • Provided information about the data systems currently being used to collect and manage data within early learning programs. Members included representatives from local preschool providers, Seattle Human Services department, Child Care Resources, and more. This group met on an as-needed basis, either by phone or in person. Email upk@seattle.gov for more information.

Finance, led by Donnie Grabowski, Finance Manager, Office for Education

  • Provided information about the current mechanisms for funding early learning programs in Seattle along with the variables involved in estimating the cost of providing quality preschool. Members included representatives from the City of Seattle Budget Office, local preschool providers, family child care providers, Head Start preschools, and more.   Email upk@seattle.gov for more information.

Health, led by Sara Rigel, Program Manager,  Public Health – Seattle & King County

  • Provided a detailed background of the health systems used by preschool providers, the health supports available for families of young children, and the barriers that preschool providers and families face when accessing health and early intervention services. Members included representatives from local providers, Head Start preschools, public health nurses, Child Care Resources, early intervention service providers, and more. Email upk@seattle.gov for more information.

Infrastructure, led by Kathleen Groshong, Planner,  Human Services Department

  • Provided information about acquiring, maintaining, and funding facilities that support early learning in Seattle. Members included representatives from Seattle Human Services department, local providers, non-profits working on early education issues, Washington Department of Early Learning, Seattle Public Schools and more.Email upk@seattle.gov for more information.

Program Quality and Capacity, led by Sonja Griffin, Manager of Early Learning Investments, Office for Education, and Leilani Dela Cruz, Early Learning and Child Development Manager, Human Services Department

  • Provided information about the variety of preschool models that exist within Seattle, different program features (class size, curriculum, professional development, etc.), along with federal, state, and city regulations that guide early learning preschool practices. Members included representatives from local preschools, Child Care Resources, local non-profits, Head Start preschools, Washington Department of Early Learning, and more.  Email upk@seattle.gov for more information.

Workforce Development, led by Rachel Schulkin, Preschool for All Community Outreach Manager Office for Education

  • Provided information about higher education systems that prepare teachers for professions in early education and the barriers that many teachers face when entering and attending teacher preparation programs in Seattle. Members included representatives from local community colleges, local preschool providers, Seattle Human Services departments, Seattle Workforce Development department, and more. Email upk@seattle.gov for more information.