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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[…..]

Early Learning Gains Attention in the Media and Support on the Campaign Trail

Is it possible early learning could become an important campaign issue?   In recent weeks, early learning has popped up on the campaign trail and in the media. In the presidential primaries, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton proposed a plan last Friday to help student parents afford child care, The Washington Post reports. On Tuesday, a[…..]

Child Care Tops $12,000 in Parts of the Country, Underscoring Need for Investments in Early Education

Child care can be expensive, and its cost is a stark reminder of the importance of building high-quality early learning systems.   In Washington state, parents paid, on average, $12,733 a year for infant care at centers, and $9,588 for center-based preschool, Child Care Aware of America reports in its “Child Care in America: 2015[…..]

New Research from I-LABS and Around the Country Show the Importance of Social Skills in Early Education

Research is helping to shape a new vision of early education, and a new set of studies are showing that social-emotional development and reading to your kids should be important parts of that vision.   Reading to Young Children Many parents, for example, know reading to their kids is a good thing. Now, a new[…..]

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.@GovInslee has appointed Rep. @rosshunter to lead the Dept. of Early Learning! @DEL_wa #waleg
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