The growing evidence of how infants and children learn has had a big impact on our elected leaders. In July of 2006, Gov. Christine Gregoire anounced the formation of Thrive by Five Washington, a public-private partnership for early learning. In 2005, she created the Department of Early Learning. With the launch of Thrive by Five, there's also a big push to educate the public, parents, lawmakers and business leaders about the power of early learning.