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Moving On: A Look Back at Early Learning’s Success in Washington and Across the Nation

Washington state’s work in early learning during the last decade has been an incredible story, defined by its success building high-quality systems of child care and preschool and its emergence as a national leader in early education. I have been lucky to cover this story for Thrive Washington, the breakthroughs in research and practices, impressive[…..]

Washington State Holds First Home Visiting Summit

Home visiting is a powerful investment and a proven strategy for strengthening families. It creates better futures TWO generations at a time. And it’s key to Washington state having a high-quality early learning system. Today, 250 home visitors from all over the state have come together for the first Home Visiting Summit. Three years in[…..]

Washington’s New Director of Early Learning Brings Deep Experience and Commitment

Gov. Jay Inslee has chosen Rep. Ross Hunter, a 13-year legislator with experience in the public and private sectors, to lead Washington’s Department of Early Learning as the state opens a new chapter of its early education work. Hunter starts Sept. 8 and will earn $150,000 a year. A former PTA activist, Hunter brings a[…..]

Fall Preview: It Could Be a Busy Few Months for Early Learning

We are in the final days of summer, and this fall holds the promise of important developments in early learning in the other Washington, and here in Washington state.   Earlier this year, the U.S. House and Senate may have surprised more than a few people by passing different versions of legislation that would change[…..]

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I'll be speaking at the Young Child Expo & Conference today. I'll discuss the impact of poverty on early child development. @ThriveWA
Drs. Kuhl and Meltzoff @UW_ILABS teaching biz leaders about brain development and STEM identity. @ThriveWA #RNG2015
Excited to be in NYC at ReadyNation Global Business Summit w/ my esteemed colleague, Steve Leahy. @ThriveWA #RNG2015
RT @samrwhiting: Keynote selfie @YoungChildExpo kick-off in Spokane. Community voice is key to closing the opportunity gap! @ThriveWA https…