Early Learning


Evidence of the opportunity gap can be seen in children less than a year old and research shows that the first 2,000 days of a child’s life are the most influential. For this reason, OneAmerica has prioritized work in early learning and is committed to closing the opportunity gap early on by advancing racial equity in state and local early learning systems.
Our work focuses on engaging immigrant and refugee parents, and partnering with key allies such as family friend and neighbor (FFN) caregivers and licensed childcare providers in order to shape our region’s early learning system to reflect the needs and aspirations of immigrant and refugee communities. Our goal is to ensure that as the early learning system is developed the voices of immigrant and refugee children are represented and prioritized.  


  • Across the nation, 25% of children under 5 are children of immigrant families, and 4.5 million children are born in the U.S. to undocumented parents or a single parent who lives under the threat of detention or deportation, which impacts the child’s academic outcomes and physical/mental health
  • Statewide, children of immigrant families are consistently less likely to be enrolled in high-quality center-based early learning care than their non-immigrant peers
  • Locally, 37% of kindergarteners in South King County are English language Learners (ELLs) students


Our vision of a robust early learning system includes equitable access to early learning and kindergarten readiness and preparation, fair wages for childcare workers and parents of young children, and high quality, culturally responsive care and education that fully reflects the needs of all children and families. 




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