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KCELC- About Us

The King County Early Learning Coalition (KCELC) prioritizes the voices and needs of Black, Indigenous, and other children and families of color in early childhood education and well-being.  

We strive to advance changes in the early learning system that centers positive relationships and outcomes for our youngest learners, including but not limited to those with disabilities, those whose families have moved to the U.S. under duress, those whose families are currently low-income and others who have been historically marginalized. 

Our mission is to eliminate inequities, decolonize the early learning sector, and co-create systems where Black, Indigenous, and all children, families, providers, and communities of color can flourish.


KCELC was first convened by SOAR in 2004 through a partnership with United Way. The alliance was made up of community members, organizational partners, funders, and others to improve service access, build community capacity, and eliminate inequities within the early learning system. In 2016 and 2017, the KCELC worked with nine other regional coalitions across the state to create a new statewide network, Washington Communities for Children (WCFC), in which communities intentionally share learnings, leadership, and resources. As SOAR came to a close in 2021, BrightSpark was asked to convene the KCELC, continue the state-wide work with WCFC, and support further engagement of families, providers, caregivers, and all other early learning contributors across King County.

Early Equity

King County Early Learning (KCELC) is dedicated to creating and  advocating a space where community voices are the center in fostering the well-being of our youngest learners.

2022 Year Review

Check our coalition highlights for 2022.