Early Learning

By 2025, All Skagit Children Entering Kindergarten are Ready to Learn.

Babies Don’t Come With Instructions.

We hear this from every parent. No matter the education level or other experience – the minute a new parent holds their baby, anxiety is right there with amazing love. Parents need to KNOW HOW to be their child’s first and best teacher. Just like learning to ride a bike…it can be done on your own (with lots of falls and scrapes). Or….a parent can be coached by someone who is experienced. That’s why home-visiting, Mother Mentoring, and other coaching techniques are highly recommended. And why United Way is proud to lead the way to bring these programs to Skagit valley.

The First 1000 Days Call to Action

The First 1000 Days Call to Action - Spanish Version

The State of Children & Families Report

The Heckman Curve

This graphic shows that the highest rate of economic returns comes from the earliest investments in children, providing an eye-opening understanding that society invests too much money on later development when it is often too late to provide great value. It shows the economic benefits of investing early and building skill upon skill to provide greater success to more children as well as greater productivity and reduced social spending for society.

Skagit Kid Insider

The premier local resource for discovering events, activities and businesses just for kids in Skagit County! Parents can use this quick and easy site to find great ways to HAVE FUN with their kids!


Anyone looking for upstream solutions to the biggest problems facing America should look to Nobel Prize winning University of Chicago Economics Professor James Heckman’s work to understand the great gains to be had by investing in the early and equal development of human potential.

Lyndie Case

Early Learning Coordinator
Children’s Council of Skagit County

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Video: When we change the first 5 years of life…we change everything. Watch!!

Bold Steps Video

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