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Imagine Celebrates Pride Month

Staff at the Imagine Institute share their thoughts on Pride month. Pride month celebrations are underway, and it’s an annual tradition showcasing individualism and diversity. There are celebrations all over Washington State, as people come out to support those in the LGBTQIA+ community. At the Imagine Institute, we wanted to show our support. Here are some thoughts from members of our staff about what Pride month means to us. What does pride mean to you? “Pride means we get to be and

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Imagine Spotlight: Mildred Van Wechel

This week, we’re proud to feature Mildred Van Wechel, serving as a child care provider in Western Washington. MEET MILDRED It started as a way to provide for her family, and now Mildred Van Wechel is coming up on 15 years of serving her community. Child care is something she became passionate about, and it’s all thanks to the help from The Imagine Institute. JOURNEY TO CHILD CARE Mildred was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to the United States

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Imagine Staff Spotlight: Marie Keller

This week, we’re proud to feature Marie Keller, Imagine’s Director of Career Pathways. Meet Marie Marie Keller knows how much skill and insight child care providers bring to their profession, because she’s experienced it from so many sides. Marie ran her own child care business for 21 years and worked with a child care union to listen to providers across Washington State. Now, she leads Imagine U, the Imagine Institute’s signature relationship-based mentoring program that has helped nearly 400 people open their

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Allison Jesus

Imagine Staff Spotlight: Allison Jesus

This week, we are proud to feature Allison Jesus, who is a Program Assistant with Imagine. Meet Allison She grew up in Western Washington, but her roots as a Pacific Islander have shaped the way Allison Jesus views her community. She decided to focus on child care at an early age and has now found a home at the Imagine Institute. “I was looking for a new job working with youth. So, I stumbled across Imagine and fell in love with their whole mission

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Imagine Staff Spotlight: Renata Bryant

This week, we are proud to feature Renata Bryant, who is currently the new Community and Advocacy Specialist with Imagine. Meet Renata She has spent most of her life advocating for child care and families, and now Renata is bringing her skills to Imagine in a new position designed to help providers get the help and support they need. Renata Bryant is now the Community and Advocacy Specialist at Imagine and will serve as the voice between lawmakers and early learning providers.

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Sabah Saed

Imagine Staff Spotlight: Sabah Saed

This week, we are proud to feature Sabah Saed, who is currently a Child Care Stabilization Grant Technical Assistance Program Lead. Meet Sabah Sabah Saed has been with the Imagine Institute for years, and says she is excited to still be a part of the great work they are doing. Sabah is currently one of the leads for the Child Care Stabilization Grant Technical Assistance Program, but she has had many different roles throughout her time with Imagine, and each step has

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Imagine Celebrates Pride Month

Staff at the Imagine Institute share their thoughts on Pride month. Pride month celebrations are underway, and it’s an annual tradition showcasing individualism and diversity. There are celebrations all over Washington State, as people come out to support those in the LGBTQIA+ community. At the Imagine Institute, we wanted to show our support. Here are some thoughts from members of our staff about what Pride month means to us. What does pride mean to you? “Pride means we get to be and

Read More

Imagine Spotlight: Mildred Van Wechel

This week, we’re proud to feature Mildred Van Wechel, serving as a child care provider in Western Washington. MEET MILDRED It started as a way to provide for her family, and now Mildred Van Wechel is coming up on 15 years of serving her community. Child care is something she became passionate about, and it’s all thanks to the help from The Imagine Institute. JOURNEY TO CHILD CARE Mildred was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to the United States

Read More
A professional portrait of a woman with dark hair and a blue sweater

Imagine Staff Spotlight: Marie Keller

This week, we’re proud to feature Marie Keller, Imagine’s Director of Career Pathways. Meet Marie Marie Keller knows how much skill and insight child care providers bring to their profession, because she’s experienced it from so many sides. Marie ran her own child care business for 21 years and worked with a child care union to listen to providers across Washington State. Now, she leads Imagine U, the Imagine Institute’s signature relationship-based mentoring program that has helped nearly 400 people open their

Read More
Allison Jesus

Imagine Staff Spotlight: Allison Jesus

This week, we are proud to feature Allison Jesus, who is a Program Assistant with Imagine. Meet Allison She grew up in Western Washington, but her roots as a Pacific Islander have shaped the way Allison Jesus views her community. She decided to focus on child care at an early age and has now found a home at the Imagine Institute. “I was looking for a new job working with youth. So, I stumbled across Imagine and fell in love with their whole mission

Read More

Imagine Staff Spotlight: Renata Bryant

This week, we are proud to feature Renata Bryant, who is currently the new Community and Advocacy Specialist with Imagine. Meet Renata She has spent most of her life advocating for child care and families, and now Renata is bringing her skills to Imagine in a new position designed to help providers get the help and support they need. Renata Bryant is now the Community and Advocacy Specialist at Imagine and will serve as the voice between lawmakers and early learning providers.

Read More
Sabah Saed

Imagine Staff Spotlight: Sabah Saed

This week, we are proud to feature Sabah Saed, who is currently a Child Care Stabilization Grant Technical Assistance Program Lead. Meet Sabah Sabah Saed has been with the Imagine Institute for years, and says she is excited to still be a part of the great work they are doing. Sabah is currently one of the leads for the Child Care Stabilization Grant Technical Assistance Program, but she has had many different roles throughout her time with Imagine, and each step has

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