SELF’s story began in August 2001 when six founding members sat over coffee and asked the question, “How can we work to improve opportunities for our community’s, infants, toddlers and preschoolers?” Twenty years later we are still working on behalf of children and families.

We believe every child in our community deserves equitable opportunity for success. We work to ensure that all children living, growing, and learning in SW Washington gain access to affordable, and universally available high-quality early care and education programs.

Our Vision: Every child in our community thrives.

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