Recent News

  • We are launching our bimonthly series on the Experiences of Fatherhood in Washington State with the story of a panelist from the June 2018 Fatherhood Summit.   Anthony Gayle, or Tony, brought the crowd to laughter and tears as he shared his fatherhood journey with us.   This is his story:

    I am the proud father of my son, who turned four years old in February.  He is amazing and he is my everything. 

  • First published in the InsideDSHS weekly newsletter. 

    Eighteen months earlier, it was just an idea. By June 5, it was the Fatherhood Summit, an event at South Seattle College that brought together the best thinking on the topic by more than 135 people from 24 public and private organizations. Most importantly, half of the attendees were fathers, including Wally McClure, director of the Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Child Support.

  • Presentation materials, including a link to the recording of the webinar, are now available here for the September 28th WA FOI First 1, 000 Days Learning Collaborative I: Program Innovation Accomplishments, Lessons Learned, and Resources.  Thank you to our presenters, Jason Gortney from Children’s Home Society, Beth Larson of Childhaven, and Melissa Rivard from The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.  And a huge thank you to each of you for your

  • Over 150 state and community partners from across Washington gathered at the State’s Capitol last Wednesday, June 21st to join Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Founder and Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, kickoff the  Washington Frontiers of Innovation (FOI) First 1,000 Days at the event, Brain Science Leads the Way: So What, Now What?”

  • On January 24th and 25th, Ascend at the Aspen Institute hosted the Aspen Forum on Children and Families.  This convening brought together policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and philanthropists to lift up a set of solid ideas for investing in the economic stability and educational success of children and families.  The agenda, links to full recordings, and a link to their latest report, Children and Families at the Center, are available at their website: https://www.aspenins