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Preschool Program Quality is Key to Sustaining Gains Later

Last week, Tennessee released a less-than-glowing report of its state-funded pre-K program for children from low-income families. The multi-year study found that children started off school strong, but by kindergarten weren’t much different than their peers who didn’t attend the program. Nothing changed by third grade.   Other states are studying their own programs and[…..]

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[…..]

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Celebrating the Early Start Act and former DEL director Bette Hyde for her contributions over the past 7 yrs!
@ThriveWA hahah you have to watch this
TN now has proof that their state-funded pre-K doesn't lead to sustained gains. WA has proof that ours does. #waleg