D.C. Startup Community Launches “Startup Right” Initiative to Expand Access to Early Childhood Education

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Whyttle introduces the “Startup Right” initiative to support organizations that educate children from birth through kindergarten, provide teacher training, or assist parents.

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The focus on early childhood education fits with the ethos of startups -- to start fast, learn early, and lay the foundation for a better world.

Whyttle, a Washington DC- based startup, in partnership with others in the DC startup community, announced the launch of “Startup Right” -- an initiative to expand access to early childhood education. Startup Right’s goal is to support organizations that educate children from birth through kindergarten, provide teacher training, or assist parents.

Whyttle founder Martin Levine noted that the focus on early childhood education fits with the ethos of startups -- to start fast, learn early, and lay the foundation for a better world. It is widely recognized that learning begins at the earliest stages of a child’s life, and these learning experiences have a major impact on children’s school success and throughout their lives.

Joining Whyttle as founding partners of Startup Right are other startups, as well as organizations that support them. Current partners include Aveya Creative, Digital DC, Fanaticall, General Assembly, Improvonia, Koffman Law, MunchQuick, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, and TechBreakfast.

Through Startup Right, Whyttle is donating funds to Martha’s Table, a highly-regarded DC- based community service organization, to support its education programs for young children and their families. Whyttle’s contribution will include $1 for each of the next 2,500 new accounts created on whyttle.com. Other founding Startup Right partners are participating in different ways, by contributing funds, mobilizing community support, or developing innovative ways to apply technology to help expand access to early education.

"Whyttle is excited to be launching Startup Right, along with our outstanding group of partners,” said Whyttle founder Martin Levine. “This initiative is consistent with Whyttle's mission to enrich lives by fostering community -- and our commitment to have a positive impact on social needs. We can think of no better place to begin than by helping children in our hometown get a strong start in life. We look forward to expanding the number of partners and Startup Right’s impact over time."

About Whyttle Whyttle provides a unique social networking platform designed for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together around shared interests. Launched in 2014, the free, user- friendly website allows people to easily join or create communities and invite their friends to join them. Members can share images, videos, links, events and more, can post comments, ask questions, and connect with others in a fun and respectful environment. For more information and to sign up, please visit http://www.whyttle.com

About Martha’s Table For nearly 35 years Martha’s Table has been helping DC residents in need build a better future through quality education, healthy food, and affordable clothing. Its education programs include their nationally accredited Child Development Center, a fully bilingual program that serves children ages 3 months to 4 years. The Center encourages all aspects of the children’s development -- social, emotional, physical and cognitive. The educational components teach the children about nature, reading, different cultures, science, art and computers. Across the range of its programs, Martha’s Table works with more than 250 partner organizations, over 10,000 volunteers and more than 25,000 donors. For more information and to learn how to help, please visit http://www.marthastable.org

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