Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Calling the Kindergarten Class of 2020

Are you the proud parent or caregiver of a child born between Sept. 1, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015? If so, check out this very cool opportunity to share photos or videos of your little one for Thrive Washington's annual Leadership Luncheon. 

The luncheon is on Wednesday, April 6 (in Seattle) and welcomes more than 500 business, community and early learning leaders. Thrive Washington (a public/private partner of DEL) would like to share the "faces" of the Kindergarten class of 2020 with key contributors to early learning in Washington State.

The Department of Early Learning (DEL) has set an ambitious goal that ninety percent of the children DEL serves are “Kindergarten ready” by 2020. As DEL's partner in this work, Thrive Washington would like to feature the Washington State Kindergarten class of 2020 at a celebratory event with a large audience of children's advocates.

Here are the details:
  • Eligibility: Your child must have been born between Sept. 1, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015
  • Email to
  • Send either a picture OR a 5-10 second video of your child. We know most of this will be done on cell phones, but send the highest quality images you can.
Include in the email the following information:
  • First name of child
  • Place where they live in Washington state (e.g., Seattle, Colville, Granger, etc.)
  • One sentence about what you hope/dream for your child’s future
  • Your name and your relationship to the child
Deadline to send in pictures and videos is March 1, 2016.
Everyone who submits a photo or video, even if it is not ultimately chosen for the final video, will be entered into a drawing for a $100 VISA gift card.

Official stuff:
  • By sending us your picture/video, you confirm that you are the child’s parent or legal guardian and give us permission to use it in the video, which will be shown at the luncheon and shared online. We might also use the video in community presentations throughout the year.
  • Submission of a picture/video does not guarantee that it will make it into the video, but we’ll try. The video is only about 3 minutes long.
  • You will not get a chance to review the video in advance.
  • The photo or video can only have an image of a single child. Twins, triplets, etc. are ok. Just please no pictures that include children not born between Sept. 1, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015.
  • Please don’t send us anything that could be obscene, hateful, or places the child in a dangerous or compromising position.
  • Please don’t have any prominent logos, brands, or advertising in the image or video.
  • We will not use your picture/video in any materials beyond this video (e.g., publications, web images, solicitations, publicity, etc.).
  • We will not sell your picture/video to a third party.
  • Winner of the $100 VISA gift card will be contacted by email no later than April 15, 2016

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