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Pride Month: Recognizing James Baldwin

As we continue to celebrate Pride Month, we wanted to take some time to recognize some of the trailblazers who were instrumental in making the pride movement a key part of society. James Baldwin was an author and activist who spent his career talking about sexuality and race relations, to help people understand what pride was all about. Baldwin was born in Harlem and spent most of his childhood in New York. He never knew his biological father, but he was the

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A photo of poet and activist Audre Lorde, a Black woman with short hair wearing glasses and a dark-colored coat

Pride Month: Recognizing Audre Lorde

In June, we are highlighting important figures in the LGBTQ literary community in honor of Pride Month. This week, we’ll learn about Black lesbian poet Audre Lorde. Audre Lorde started writing when she was a young teenager, publishing her first poem in Seventeen magazine while she was in high school. Through her art and life, she was known as a powerful poet and activist who resisted sexism and racism and worked for justice and the liberation of women, Black people, lesbians and

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Celebrating Juneteenth in 2023

The Imagine Institute recognizes Juneteenth as a federal holiday In 2020, the Imagine Institute’s leadership and staff joined the national movement supporting the recognition of the Juneteenth holiday as a vital celebration to the nation’s true independence, as many of our nation’s citizen, specifically African Americans, were exempt from freedom’s granted during the original liberation of the United States from the British Empire. The following year, the Imagine Institute was proud to witness the state of Washington join other states in recognizing

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A Few Fun Summer Activities For Kids

As the season turns into summer, there are many things you can do to keep kids active and get them outside. We wanted to share a few ideas of activities you can do with your kids, both indoors and outdoors, that will be fun and entertaining. Color Coded Scavenger Hunt – This is a simple and easy way to keep kids occupied and to get them some time outside. Simply take a piece of paper and create a grid of different colored

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Picture Book Library for AAPI Heritage Month

In honor of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, advocates are encouraging schools and libraries across the country to add books by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to their collections.     The Very Asian Foundation and We Need Diverse Books launched the May Book Project in 2022. They offer free lists of recommended books for all age groups. Here are five picks from the picture book list to add to your child care library!     Drawn Together by

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Patsy Mink posing for a photo.

AAPI Heritage Month: Patsy Mink

As we continue to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we wanted to highlight Patsy Mink, who was the first Asian American woman elected to Congress and an advocate for women’s rights.     Mink was born on the island of Maui in Hawaii in 1927 and was a third-generation Japanese American. She spent most of her young adult life in Hawaii, and tried to get into medical school before being accepted at the University of Chicago Law School. It was

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Imagine Spotlight: Mumina Hassan

This week, we’re proud to feature Mumina Hassan, who is a lead mentor with the Imagine Institute, a state-approved trainer, and child care provider in Seattle. MEET mUMINA The Imagine Institute is supporting providers across Washington State, offering resources to help them learn more about child care and teaching them about the services they provide. This week, we want to introduce you to a lead mentor who has been with Imagine from the beginning, Mumina Hassan. FINDING HER PASSION Mumina came to

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AAPI Heritage Month: Michelle Yeoh

This month we are showcasing important figures in the Asian community, in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This week, we are taking a look at the life of actress Michelle Yeoh, the first Asian woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. Yeoh’s career started small, but now she is a household name. She was born in Malaysia in 1962 and spent time as a young girl learning ballet, playing the piano, and staying active in several

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Washington History: First Asian American Governor in the Continental U.S.

As we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we wanted to highlight some of the local Asian-Americans who have made a big impact in the Northwest and around the world. This week, we are taking a look at former Washington Governor Gary Locke, the first Asian American Governor in the continental U.S. Locke was born in 1950 in Seattle, Washington, and is a third generation Chinese American. His grandfather immigrated to Washington and worked in exchange for English lessons. Locke’s father was

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Get Outside for a Bike Ride!

May is National Bike Month, and it’s a good way to encourage kids to get outside and ride a bike, or maybe start learning for the first time. In fact, Sunday May 7th is National Ride a Bike Day. This is always held on the first Sunday of May, and organizers in many communities hold events to try to get more people interested in how cycling can be both important and fun. National Bike Month was started in 1956 and is promoted

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Pride Month: Recognizing James Baldwin

As we continue to celebrate Pride Month, we wanted to take some time to recognize some of the trailblazers who were instrumental in making the pride movement a key part of society. James Baldwin was an author and activist who spent his career talking about sexuality and race relations, to help people understand what pride was all about. Baldwin was born in Harlem and spent most of his childhood in New York. He never knew his biological father, but he was the

Read More
A photo of poet and activist Audre Lorde, a Black woman with short hair wearing glasses and a dark-colored coat

Pride Month: Recognizing Audre Lorde

In June, we are highlighting important figures in the LGBTQ literary community in honor of Pride Month. This week, we’ll learn about Black lesbian poet Audre Lorde. Audre Lorde started writing when she was a young teenager, publishing her first poem in Seventeen magazine while she was in high school. Through her art and life, she was known as a powerful poet and activist who resisted sexism and racism and worked for justice and the liberation of women, Black people, lesbians and

Read More

Celebrating Juneteenth in 2023

The Imagine Institute recognizes Juneteenth as a federal holiday In 2020, the Imagine Institute’s leadership and staff joined the national movement supporting the recognition of the Juneteenth holiday as a vital celebration to the nation’s true independence, as many of our nation’s citizen, specifically African Americans, were exempt from freedom’s granted during the original liberation of the United States from the British Empire. The following year, the Imagine Institute was proud to witness the state of Washington join other states in recognizing

Read More

A Few Fun Summer Activities For Kids

As the season turns into summer, there are many things you can do to keep kids active and get them outside. We wanted to share a few ideas of activities you can do with your kids, both indoors and outdoors, that will be fun and entertaining. Color Coded Scavenger Hunt – This is a simple and easy way to keep kids occupied and to get them some time outside. Simply take a piece of paper and create a grid of different colored

Read More

Picture Book Library for AAPI Heritage Month

In honor of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, advocates are encouraging schools and libraries across the country to add books by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to their collections.     The Very Asian Foundation and We Need Diverse Books launched the May Book Project in 2022. They offer free lists of recommended books for all age groups. Here are five picks from the picture book list to add to your child care library!     Drawn Together by

Read More
Patsy Mink posing for a photo.

AAPI Heritage Month: Patsy Mink

As we continue to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we wanted to highlight Patsy Mink, who was the first Asian American woman elected to Congress and an advocate for women’s rights.     Mink was born on the island of Maui in Hawaii in 1927 and was a third-generation Japanese American. She spent most of her young adult life in Hawaii, and tried to get into medical school before being accepted at the University of Chicago Law School. It was

Read More

Imagine Spotlight: Mumina Hassan

This week, we’re proud to feature Mumina Hassan, who is a lead mentor with the Imagine Institute, a state-approved trainer, and child care provider in Seattle. MEET mUMINA The Imagine Institute is supporting providers across Washington State, offering resources to help them learn more about child care and teaching them about the services they provide. This week, we want to introduce you to a lead mentor who has been with Imagine from the beginning, Mumina Hassan. FINDING HER PASSION Mumina came to

Read More

AAPI Heritage Month: Michelle Yeoh

This month we are showcasing important figures in the Asian community, in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This week, we are taking a look at the life of actress Michelle Yeoh, the first Asian woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. Yeoh’s career started small, but now she is a household name. She was born in Malaysia in 1962 and spent time as a young girl learning ballet, playing the piano, and staying active in several

Read More

Washington History: First Asian American Governor in the Continental U.S.

As we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we wanted to highlight some of the local Asian-Americans who have made a big impact in the Northwest and around the world. This week, we are taking a look at former Washington Governor Gary Locke, the first Asian American Governor in the continental U.S. Locke was born in 1950 in Seattle, Washington, and is a third generation Chinese American. His grandfather immigrated to Washington and worked in exchange for English lessons. Locke’s father was

Read More

Get Outside for a Bike Ride!

May is National Bike Month, and it’s a good way to encourage kids to get outside and ride a bike, or maybe start learning for the first time. In fact, Sunday May 7th is National Ride a Bike Day. This is always held on the first Sunday of May, and organizers in many communities hold events to try to get more people interested in how cycling can be both important and fun. National Bike Month was started in 1956 and is promoted

Read More