Great Beginnings in Grays Harbor

Last year, the Foundation decided to make a big investment in the future of Grays Harbor – our children. With a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as a significant investment of our own funds, we sought out community partnerships with our local Health Department, YMCA, school districts, the Early Learning Coalition, Grays Harbor College and others to hear what the community thought was the biggest need facing our youngest residents.

We discovered that access to quality preschool programs in our area was a common theme amongst all partners. Whether it is lack of space, workforce development, community outreach to inform families what is available, etc., we want to help identify where the gaps are and how we can ultimately prepare all children in Grays Harbor for kindergarten through quality pre-k programs.

To advance our commitment to Early Learning, we have identified a need to hire a director to lead this effort. The Great Beginnings Project Director position will be a contractor through the Grays Harbor Public Health and Social Services Department and will be led by a Steering Committee of individuals from Public Health, Aberdeen School District, YMCA of Grays Harbor, Grays Harbor Community Foundation and the Early Learning Coalition.

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