Babies in Playroom

Fellowship Applications Open in June !
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The early childhood systems we build now in Washington state will impact generations of children and their families. These systems must be designed to eliminate racial disparities.

We believe a key lever in this work is ensuring that more leaders of color, particularly those from communities who are furthest from justice, drive and shape the design of these policies.

Transforming the

decision-making table.

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Racial Equity

Strengthen organizations' anti-racism commitments, efforts, and capacity

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Two Years

Offer a more intensive experience to build trust, expertise, and networks

Mid-Career Focus

Develop more seasoned professionals who can quickly influence the field

Employment + Learning

Fellows placed within organizations with protected learning time


Provide adequate pay and benefits to remove barriers to entry

Cohort Model

Build relationships (and have fun!) in order to build shared power


Represent the geographic diversity of our state and Tribal communities

Engaged Alumni

Prioritize the power that is held in future cumulative and collective networks 


We are engaged in a process to develop and build this new fellowship program. We are exploring a range of questions, from structure and content, anti-racism training, management, alumni support, and more. As we continue our outreach we are prioritizing input from leaders of color and prospective placement organizations. 
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This fellowship design work is made possible by the generous support of the Perigee Fund.


The WA Early Childhood Policy Fellowship is fiscally sponsored by the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC). SESEC is a 501(c) 3 private, nonprofit organization.