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Imagine Staff Spotlight: Amelia Vassar

GET TO KNOW AMELIA VASSAR Meet Amelia, The Imagine Institute’s Director for Equity and Evaluation! Amelia has been with Imagine for over two years and was instrumental in creating the PREPARE for Care program, creating anti-racist and trauma-informed curriculum for early child care providers to implement into their care environment. Before joining the Imagine team, Amelia worked for SEIU 925, SEIU Local 6, adoption/foster care, domestic violence, and most recently at Lifelong performing case management for individuals living with HIV. Her passion

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Family, Friend and Neighbor Care Givers

LEARN ABOUT FAMILY, FRIEND, AND NEIGHBOR (FFN) PROVIDERS Family, Friend, and Neighbor providers, or FFN providers, play an essential role in providing child care for families throughout the United States. As their name implies, these providers care for children who are family, friends, and neighbors within their communities. There are many reasons families choose family, friend and neighbor care. For instance, many parents like knowing their child is being cared for by a trusted adult with an established bond of love and

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Celebrating Moms and Mother Figures In Our Lives

Mother’s Day is a special holiday that can also bring some complicated emotions to the surface. Sure, we were all brought into the world by a “mother,” but life has a way of working out differently for everyone. Unconventional family structures are becoming more standard than the traditional family unit seen in movies from the 1950s. Some providers have expressed struggles with presenting Mother’s Day activities that are inclusive of all children in their care- those without mothers, with two mothers, or

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Ramadan Mubarak

Happy Ramadan! Food is a wonderful way to bring together family. This year, whether you’re celebrating together in person or virtually due to the pandemic, here are some recipe ideas for your family to share as you break your fast at iftar or plan ahead to Eid. Haleem is a slow-cooked stew and a staple dish in the Middle East, Pakistan, India, and Central Asia. If you have an Instant Pot, this recipe is easy and tasty! Yakhni Pulao is a signature

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Earth Day 2021: 10 Earth Day-Inspired Classroom Activities

Today we look back to the founding of Earth Day and some ways you can observe the day within your classrooms. Spring and summer months are a wonderful time to bring kids into nature and share the love of the incredible planet we call home. Read on to hear how Earth Day first came to be as well as some suggestions for encouraging ecology in your classroom. After more than a century of industrialization in the United States, by the 1950s it

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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

Read More

Imagine Staff Spotlight: Amelia Vassar

GET TO KNOW AMELIA VASSAR Meet Amelia, The Imagine Institute’s Director for Equity and Evaluation! Amelia has been with Imagine for over two years and was instrumental in creating the PREPARE for Care program, creating anti-racist and trauma-informed curriculum for early child care providers to implement into their care environment. Before joining the Imagine team, Amelia worked for SEIU 925, SEIU Local 6, adoption/foster care, domestic violence, and most recently at Lifelong performing case management for individuals living with HIV. Her passion

Read More

Family, Friend and Neighbor Care Givers

LEARN ABOUT FAMILY, FRIEND, AND NEIGHBOR (FFN) PROVIDERS Family, Friend, and Neighbor providers, or FFN providers, play an essential role in providing child care for families throughout the United States. As their name implies, these providers care for children who are family, friends, and neighbors within their communities. There are many reasons families choose family, friend and neighbor care. For instance, many parents like knowing their child is being cared for by a trusted adult with an established bond of love and

Read More

Celebrating Moms and Mother Figures In Our Lives

Mother’s Day is a special holiday that can also bring some complicated emotions to the surface. Sure, we were all brought into the world by a “mother,” but life has a way of working out differently for everyone. Unconventional family structures are becoming more standard than the traditional family unit seen in movies from the 1950s. Some providers have expressed struggles with presenting Mother’s Day activities that are inclusive of all children in their care- those without mothers, with two mothers, or

Read More

Ramadan Mubarak

Happy Ramadan! Food is a wonderful way to bring together family. This year, whether you’re celebrating together in person or virtually due to the pandemic, here are some recipe ideas for your family to share as you break your fast at iftar or plan ahead to Eid. Haleem is a slow-cooked stew and a staple dish in the Middle East, Pakistan, India, and Central Asia. If you have an Instant Pot, this recipe is easy and tasty! Yakhni Pulao is a signature

Read More

Earth Day 2021: 10 Earth Day-Inspired Classroom Activities

Today we look back to the founding of Earth Day and some ways you can observe the day within your classrooms. Spring and summer months are a wonderful time to bring kids into nature and share the love of the incredible planet we call home. Read on to hear how Earth Day first came to be as well as some suggestions for encouraging ecology in your classroom. After more than a century of industrialization in the United States, by the 1950s it

Read More

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