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Here in Richland Schools, we know that learning begins long before our children ever enter Kindergarten. In fact, research tells us that the greatest brain growth occurs in the earliest years of life. Who knew?

Let us help you find information about your child, from birth to Kindergarten. Topics such as:

And much more. Please explore our pages as your time allows. There is much to see!

PFEL Business Leaders Invitation

Be a partner in early learning in our community

Partners for Early Learning (PFEL) extends an invitation to community members to learn more about our initiative to support early childhood education in our community.

Join us Wednesday, September 24 from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm at Tony Roma’s Restaurant. Guest speaker Erich Bolz, Asst. Superintendent of the Richland School District, will discuss early learning issues in the district.

Business leaders are invited to invest in early learning in the Richland School District by sponsoring PFEL’s partnerships and programs, including:

  • Professional development for early care providers
  • Play and learn groups for parents
  • Infant and Kindergarten readiness backpacks for children
  • Books and learning materials for early learning classrooms
  • Online resources for parents, providers and community members

Special thanks to Tony Roma's for hosting this event. Appetizers will be provided.

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Partners for Early Learning - Investing in Every Child

Thanks to our Partners

Partners for Early Learning extends our gratitude to these businesses and community partners who have contributed to our projects.

Partners for Early Learning - Investing in Every Child

Community Partners:

Rick & Deb Donahoe Erich Bolz Nicole Blake
Elaine Ruhlman Jill Brog Phyllis Fergusson

  • Support these businesses who have invested in early learning
  • Karen's Corner is Growing!

    Parents of little ones have very different needs than parents of school agers! To help support your journey as a caregiver, Karen offers tips and links for parents of children birth-5, and those already in school, grades K-3. Look for the section that best fits your needs.

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    We all have heard those children’s songs:

    The itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout.
    Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
    Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
    And the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again.

    Or perhaps:

    Row, row, row your boat,
    ently down the stream.
    Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
    Life is but a dream.

    But did you ever think of them in the context of building your child’s language?

    School has begun again. Your child’s teacher wants her to read at least 20 minutes each night. You know that reading is important, and you want to help your child become a successful student. But each night she whines and complains, “I HATE reading!” You never were much of a reader yourself, so you just don’t want to make it a battle. Or maybe you love to read, and you don’t understand your child’s hesitance. Read on for some thoughts to consider:


    Upcoming Events
    Sep 24:  5:00 PM
    Investing in Every Child - Stakeholder event
    Tony Roma's Restaurant
    Oct 4
    WSFCCA Conference
    Renton Wa
    Oct 16:  6:30 PM
    Monthly Provider Meeting
    Richland High School library
    Oct 23
    Partners for Early Learning Annual Meeting
    Time & Location TBD