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Students are Ready for More STEM and Play in Preschool, Two Studies Find

It turns out preschoolers are studying science more than we may think, though they are not getting enough time to play, two separate studies out of Seattle found. The two findings may not be related, but suggest new ideas for preschool classrooms. One study showed that 4-year-olds can learn about the concept of weight –[…..]

At 50, Head Start Holds Lessons from the Past and Keys to the Future of Early Learning

Head Start turns 50 this week, a milestone that reminds us that in many ways the War-on-Poverty program pioneered the path that led to today’s push for a broad and high-quality early education system. Over the last half-century Head Start showed us how to build an effective preschool, from the importance of parental engagement and[…..]

Washington’s Preschool Program Scores Well on Quality, Falls Lower on Access

Washington state is improving its public preschool system — it met nine out of ten quality benchmarks in a new national report — though it ranks lower in access to those preschool classrooms. In the annual State of Preschool, Washington was eighth in state spending; it spent $6,658 per child last year. On access to[…..]

2015 Leadership Luncheon: CEO Sam Whiting’s Speech

Today, Thrive held its annual Leadership Luncheon to celebrate our state’s progress in early learning and the work we do with many partners statewide. Below is Thrive President & CEO Sam Whiting’s speech to nearly 500 attendees at The Westin Seattle.   Thanks for coming today, everybody.   And special thanks to Megan and Bentley[…..]

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