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Our mission is to nurture and sustain child-centered, antiracist early learning communities.

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Creating positive outcomes for children and communities

Founded in 1990, BrightSpark works with families, child care providers, community organizations and advocacy groups in order to improve the quality of early childhood care in our region. Serving both King and Pierce counties, we offer over a dozen unique programs supporting children, families, and providers in almost every aspect of the early learning experience. At BrightSpark, we believe that we are stronger together, we seek continuous learning and improvement, and that we honor community strengths. Our mission is to nurture and sustain child-centered, anti-racist early communities so that every child can have a great start in school and in life.

We are committed to advancing equity for all children.

BrightSpark stands in solidarity with our community and partners as a proactive leader in the movement to dismantle systems and policies that actively harm Black and Brown children. We advocate for equitable and high quality childhood education that centers antiracist, pro-Black and Brown narratives making every child visible and valued.

Board of Directors

Tafona Ervin
Foundation for Tacoma Students
Jill Pavlus
Vice Chair
Alicia Teel
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Derek Young
Washington State Association of Counties
Rebecca Benavides
Carter Osborne
WE Communications
Soleil Boyd
Washington STEM
Roshini Durand Mootoosamy
CDM Smith
Christina Chan
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Jessica Cole
University of Washington
Page Perey
Sound Health
Mary Red Crow
Tacoma Public Schools

Interested in joining our board?

We are looking for board members who love working in an empathetic, diverse, and collaborative environment, and are passionate about creating antiracist early learning communities.

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Executive Staff

Careers at BrightSpark

Our Partners

We couldn’t do the work that we do without the support of the community organizations, small businesses, corporations, and non-profit organizations that partner with us. Our partners help us develop our programs and expand out reach to serve even more children, families, caregivers, and providers in King and Pierce counties.

Interested in partnering with us?

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Reports & Financials

We are committed to transparency regarding how our work is funded and the impact it has on our community. View a full list of our recent Community Impact Reports, Financial Audit Reports, and IRS Form 990s.