Engage with Visions with speaker Adie Simmons and our new Newsletter!
Visions for Early Learning (VEL) is excited to bring you this reminder of
next Thursday's May 14th, 2015 meeting of the VEL Board of Representatives (10:30-12:30 a.m.)
featuring Adie Simmons of the Washington State Family and Community Engagement Trust via VEL's first monthly newsletter, an opportunity for members to receive information about events and opportunities, as well as share information with other members.

A few clicks and you can be registering for classes, finding flyers for local events and becoming more involved in ways that work for you: in your communities and at a regional and state level.

Got Starting Strong?
VEL's Advancing Racial Equity series begins again in August with a break out session at the P-3 Starting Strong Conference at the Tacoma Convention Center continued with two FREE full-day Advancing Racial Equity workshops at ESD 113 in Tumwater!
VEL's Regional Home Visiting Cohort
continues it's series of professional development and community of practice building July 10, 2015 with a
Motivational Interviewing Summit
led by Charles Smith, MSW. 
Registration and flyers still to come!
See Poverty, Be the Difference
Explore Dr. Donna's Beegle's work on poverty through a dynamic DVD and guidebook, now available for partner agencies to check out for training purposes.
Email Jane to reserve. Already reserved dates are indicated on the VEL calendar
FREE download of NEAR@Home Toolkit: A Guided Process to Talk about Trauma and Resilience in Home Visiting
  Check out a recent blog on the Thrive Washington Website, with links to a free download of the recently developed NEAR@Home Toolkit. Blogger Quen Zorrah, NFP State Nurse Consultant (in collaboration with several contributors) has been participating in developing a toolkit meant for use in home visiting programs. Quen writes: "Home visitors knowledgeable about ACEs research are interested in bringing this information to families but worry about causing harm. The NEAR@Home toolkit addresses these concerns and provide strategies for engaging parents in discussing and using the ACEs questionnaire in a safe, respectful, and effective way for both home visitor and family."

Statewide Advocacy can impact local communities and families

Share Your Story 

  The Early Learning Action Alliance (ELAC) Tumblr page includes a link to share stories from parents and providers about the value of early learning. These stories are also emailed to legislators and other early learning leaders each week. The Tumblr page prominently displays a link to take action on the Early Start Act.  

  Click here to

share your story that illustrates the impact that early learning can have and to urge your legislator to support early learning.  

Highlight recent media stories with lawmakers and community members: 

The Legislature will convene on Wednesday, April 29 for special session
Elections are coming
VEL Board and Executive Committee Representatives make a difference. Consider becoming a driving force within and behind VEL's work within our region, increasing engagement with families, addressing equity issues of race and poverty, increasing access to services, and providing supports to early learning professionals who directly impact our region's youngest learners and families. Annual elections will be held in July...more information to come!

Partner agencies are invited to submit PDF's of local events and employment opportunities that may be of interest to coalition members to Project Coordinator Jane Partridge at jpartridge@esd113.org for consideration for future publication in the monthly VEL newsletter.