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East Yakima Set to Help Youngest Residents Thrive

Ready by Five Kicks Off with $5 Million for Expanded Early Learning Services and Planning Capital from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Thrive by Five Washington

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Thrive by Five Washington and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced today $5 million for the first round of funding for Ready by Five, a community partnership that will substantially increase access to high-quality early learning opportunities for children from birth to age 5 in the partnership's project area of East Yakima.

Ready by Five (formerly known as the East Yakima Early Learning Initiative) will provide parents and caregivers with education and support to help develop children's potential and creativity, helping to ensure that all children in this community are ready to succeed in school and thrive in life.

To read the full press release, visit the Ready by Five Washington Web site.

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