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Birth to Thrive Blog

  • Better Pay for Teachers Is a Key to Early Education Reform

      The first in a series that explores compensation in early learning.   Preschool and child care teachers typically don’t earn high or even medium salaries. In fact, students who major in early childhood education earn the least during their careers, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution.   Low pay among early […]

  • New Poll Shows 70 Percent of Americans Support More Federal Dollars for Pre-kindergarten

      Once again Americans are saying they want the federal government to expand pre-kindergarten, with 70 percent supporting greater federal funding to ensure all children have access to a good pre-k classroom, a new Gallup poll found.   This is the second poll in the last two months that shows voters want improved access to […]

  • Voters Want Greater Investments in Giving Young Children a Great Start in Life

    • July 23rd, 2014
    • Author: Paul Nyhan
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      Washington state made significant progress in building a high-quality early learning system over the past five years. And Republican and Democratic voters overwhelming say they support even more investments, a new poll says.   During the last decade, Washington has invested in a comprehensive early learning strategy, including expanding access to preschool. The percentage of children […]

  • Washington’s Preschool Program Doing Well on Quality, Working on Expanding Access

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      Washington’s public preschool program ranked among the leading states in quality and funding, sitting among the top 10 that hit quality benchmarks, according to an annual review of preschools across the country.   But, the state must complete an ambitious expansion of preschool in the coming years to fulfill its commitment to broader access […]