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Seattle-area Voters May Invest Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Early Intervention

King County voters will have an opportunity to approve a nearly $400 million investment in early interventions that’s part of an ambitious levy proposal designed to narrow income inequality and improve the odds that children become healthy adults.   Last week, the King County Council overwhelmingly voted to put the Best Starts for Kids proposal[…..]

The Great Recession May Be Over But It’s Still Holding Back Families in Washington and Across the Nation

Washington families are struggling with the aftermath of the Great Recession, though there has been progress, particularly in the percentage of children with health insurance, a new report says.   Even though the recession ended in 2009, 19 percent of Washington children lived in poverty during 2013, up from 14 percent in 2008, the Annie E.[…..]

Summer Reading: “Sesame Street,” the Real Word Gap and Washington’s Good News

Summer is in full swing. When you head to the beach, lake, mountains or wherever you are lucky enough to relax, here are some interesting stories and commentary to tuck into your bag.   The Truth Behind the Word Gap – A thoughtful piece in The Dallas Morning News by researchers Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta[…..]

Seattle Kicks Off Its New Preschool System with a Focus on Quality

Seattle launches its new preschool program this fall, and it’s focused on building high-quality classrooms.   This week, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced the city’s new system will initially serve about 230 students in four programs. The programs were chosen because they are near low-performing schools, serve diverse communities and will engage families, the mayor’s office says.[…..]

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