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Imagine Spotlight: June Steen

This week, we are proud to feature Imagine U Mentor and SEIU 925 member, June Steen. June Steen “We are a powerful group helping create the future of child care,” says June Steen, thinking about her peer group of mentors and the interns she helped graduate at Imagine U. June’s passion for child care and education has been a driving force in her life. June worked for Child Protective Services in Texas and supervised foster care placements in Tennessee. Caring for kids

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Stop the Hate

The Imagine Institute condemns all forms of hate, violence and racism. We are united in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and believe that we must work together to educate, and embrace all of our differences. Enough is enough. We are human. Let’s continue to empower the children and our community with tools and education to support people of color and justice for all. #StopAsianHate #StopTheHate #StopAAPIHate #StrongerTogether BOOKS, LINKS AND RESOURCES Asian Americans Advancing Justice Hollaback! Free Bystander

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Do you believe in magic? The Irish do! Whether called “the Little People,” “the good people,” or “the Gentry,” most non-Irish folk know them as fairies. Traditionally, the Irish believed fairies were supernatural entities who lived beneath the grassy mounds that dot the Irish landscape or in a parallel, invisible world accessed through special stones or trees. While some Irish folk describe experiencing the presence of a fairy or of even seeing one, today many Irish simply believe that fairies can bring

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Henrietta Lacks: Enduring Legacy and the COVID-19 Vaccine

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Imagine Institute is highlighting women whose impact continues to benefit care giving and education. Following the expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all child care workers in Washington State, we honor the lasting legacy of Henrietta Lacks, whose sacrifice made this groundbreaking vaccine possible. Henrietta Lacks Henrietta Lacks was born in Roanoke, Virginia in 1920 to an impoverished Black family of tobacco farmers. Her mother died in childbirth when Henrietta was only four years old,

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International Women’s Day

The Imagine Institute’s mission has always been to provide grassroots professional development opportunities to early care and education professionals throughout Washington State. Their success is our success- it’s what motivates our team to give their best each and every day. On this International Women’s Day, we look back at the courageous women who pushed to enact change for child care workers. The tireless efforts by organizations including SEIU 925 led to higher pay, improved working conditions, and better benefits for thousands of

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Union Benefit Days – 50 FREE Substitute Hours Per Month

You may read this message in: SOMALI  |  ESPAÑOL — ACCESS YOUR UNION BENEFIT DAYS — *New! Starting Monday, March 1st* 50 FREE HOURS OF FULLY PAID SUBSTITUTE TIME PER MONTH! The Department of Children, Youth, and Families and SEIU 925 have reached an agreement, and we are excited to announce access of UP TO 50 FREE HOURS OF FULLY PAID SUBSTITUTE TIME PER MONTH starting March 1st! These hours can be used however you wish, including to cover sick days, training

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Black History Month: Lois Martin

In celebration of Black History Month, each week the Imagine Institute recognizes and honors Black achievements in the education field. This week, Imagine celebrates our very own Lois Martin, Imagine’s Curriculum Committee Member. Lois A. Martin Lois A. Martin’s career in early learning spans 30 years. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from Oakwood College, a Historically Black College in Huntsville, AL. She received her Master of Arts in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena,

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Calling All Substitutes

You may read this message in: SOMALI  |  ESPAÑOL CALLING ALL SUBSTITUTES! Have you checked your approval status lately? Whenever you renew a qualification, please let us know. We will update your record to ensure that you are approved in our system and ready to work! Be sure to check your MERIT record, and email a copy of your updated qualifications to subpool@imaginewa.org. Still working on getting approved? Check out our Become a Substitute page to access our upcoming trainings. Interested in

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Educational Resources
Beyond Black History Month

It can be challenging for teachers to find quality activities and program resources – especially culturally appropriate, anti-racist support for young children. Particularly in February as we celebrate Black History Month, we are reminded to delve into resources that lift up and celebrate the Black community. However, the importance of celebrating the uniqueness and commonalities of children extends well beyond a few weeks each year. When evaluating classroom resources, look at the source. Websites and publications crafted within the community, by people

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Stay tuned for some big news from the Substitute Pool!

Have you heard? Washington DCYF, SEIU 925, and the Imagine Institute have some exciting news to share about the Substitute Pool! Be sure to tune in this Friday, February 26, for our big announcement. Want to be the first to hear? Follow Imagine on Facebook and Instagram, sign up here for SMS/text or Email notifications, and mark your calendars for this Friday!

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Imagine Spotlight: June Steen

This week, we are proud to feature Imagine U Mentor and SEIU 925 member, June Steen. June Steen “We are a powerful group helping create the future of child care,” says June Steen, thinking about her peer group of mentors and the interns she helped graduate at Imagine U. June’s passion for child care and education has been a driving force in her life. June worked for Child Protective Services in Texas and supervised foster care placements in Tennessee. Caring for kids

Read More

Stop the Hate

The Imagine Institute condemns all forms of hate, violence and racism. We are united in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and believe that we must work together to educate, and embrace all of our differences. Enough is enough. We are human. Let’s continue to empower the children and our community with tools and education to support people of color and justice for all. #StopAsianHate #StopTheHate #StopAAPIHate #StrongerTogether BOOKS, LINKS AND RESOURCES Asian Americans Advancing Justice Hollaback! Free Bystander

Read More

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Do you believe in magic? The Irish do! Whether called “the Little People,” “the good people,” or “the Gentry,” most non-Irish folk know them as fairies. Traditionally, the Irish believed fairies were supernatural entities who lived beneath the grassy mounds that dot the Irish landscape or in a parallel, invisible world accessed through special stones or trees. While some Irish folk describe experiencing the presence of a fairy or of even seeing one, today many Irish simply believe that fairies can bring

Read More

Henrietta Lacks: Enduring Legacy and the COVID-19 Vaccine

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Imagine Institute is highlighting women whose impact continues to benefit care giving and education. Following the expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all child care workers in Washington State, we honor the lasting legacy of Henrietta Lacks, whose sacrifice made this groundbreaking vaccine possible. Henrietta Lacks Henrietta Lacks was born in Roanoke, Virginia in 1920 to an impoverished Black family of tobacco farmers. Her mother died in childbirth when Henrietta was only four years old,

Read More

International Women’s Day

The Imagine Institute’s mission has always been to provide grassroots professional development opportunities to early care and education professionals throughout Washington State. Their success is our success- it’s what motivates our team to give their best each and every day. On this International Women’s Day, we look back at the courageous women who pushed to enact change for child care workers. The tireless efforts by organizations including SEIU 925 led to higher pay, improved working conditions, and better benefits for thousands of

Read More

Union Benefit Days – 50 FREE Substitute Hours Per Month

You may read this message in: SOMALI  |  ESPAÑOL — ACCESS YOUR UNION BENEFIT DAYS — *New! Starting Monday, March 1st* 50 FREE HOURS OF FULLY PAID SUBSTITUTE TIME PER MONTH! The Department of Children, Youth, and Families and SEIU 925 have reached an agreement, and we are excited to announce access of UP TO 50 FREE HOURS OF FULLY PAID SUBSTITUTE TIME PER MONTH starting March 1st! These hours can be used however you wish, including to cover sick days, training

Read More

Black History Month: Lois Martin

In celebration of Black History Month, each week the Imagine Institute recognizes and honors Black achievements in the education field. This week, Imagine celebrates our very own Lois Martin, Imagine’s Curriculum Committee Member. Lois A. Martin Lois A. Martin’s career in early learning spans 30 years. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from Oakwood College, a Historically Black College in Huntsville, AL. She received her Master of Arts in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena,

Read More

Calling All Substitutes

You may read this message in: SOMALI  |  ESPAÑOL CALLING ALL SUBSTITUTES! Have you checked your approval status lately? Whenever you renew a qualification, please let us know. We will update your record to ensure that you are approved in our system and ready to work! Be sure to check your MERIT record, and email a copy of your updated qualifications to subpool@imaginewa.org. Still working on getting approved? Check out our Become a Substitute page to access our upcoming trainings. Interested in

Read More

Educational Resources
Beyond Black History Month

It can be challenging for teachers to find quality activities and program resources – especially culturally appropriate, anti-racist support for young children. Particularly in February as we celebrate Black History Month, we are reminded to delve into resources that lift up and celebrate the Black community. However, the importance of celebrating the uniqueness and commonalities of children extends well beyond a few weeks each year. When evaluating classroom resources, look at the source. Websites and publications crafted within the community, by people

Read More

Stay tuned for some big news from the Substitute Pool!

Have you heard? Washington DCYF, SEIU 925, and the Imagine Institute have some exciting news to share about the Substitute Pool! Be sure to tune in this Friday, February 26, for our big announcement. Want to be the first to hear? Follow Imagine on Facebook and Instagram, sign up here for SMS/text or Email notifications, and mark your calendars for this Friday!

Read More