Year: 2010

It was another year full of early learning news. In the spirit of the season, here is a chronological list of Washington State’s top 10 early education stories of 2010: National Model for High-Quality Child Care Opens in Seattle Area: Washington takes another big step in its effort to improve early learning in the state[…..]

  We now have a better sense of how deeply the new plan to scale back Washington State child care subsidies would cut. It would save $40 million a year, according to a new analysis. In real terms, these cuts would affect an estimated 1,600 families a month who are not on welfare (Temporary Assistance[…..]

  We have a new study to add to research that suggests television can have a negative impact on infants and toddlers. In a study of 259 families researchers found that babies who regularly watched TV had lower scores on cognitive and language tests at 14 months, U.S. News & World Report says. Babies who[…..]

  Washington State cut back child care subsidies again on Friday, announcing that new families seeking Working Connections Child Care subsidies will also have to meet criteria for welfare. On Feb. 1, if a family applies for Washington child care aid it will have to earn 82 percent or less of the federal poverty line[…..]

  The Early Learning Challenge Fund has been knocked down again. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has dropped the comprehensive fiscal 2011 spending bill that contained $300 million to start the Early Learning Challenge Fund, Politics K-12 reports. The outlook doesn’t look good for the fund designed to spur innovation in child care, preschool[…..]

  Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire’s budget looks even tighter after exploring the details, which include proposals to eliminate health care coverage for children and to scrap plans for smaller kindergarten classes. There may be more bad news on the way. The state’s Department of Social and Health Services could announce deeper cuts to federally funded[…..]

On the budget front there is good news and bad news today. The Early Learning Challenge Fund could become a reality this year, but Washington state’s governor proposed new cuts to early learning programs. In Washington, D.C., the new Senate version of the omnibus federal spending bill contains $300 million to launch the Early Learning[…..]

  The current economy can discourage hopes of reducing poverty, but a new report found Britain cut its absolute child poverty rate by more than half over the last 11 years, including the global recession, while the U.S. rate rose to a 20-year high. Eleven years ago, British Prime Minister Tony Blair declared the lofty[…..]

  The Washington State Legislature made another round of cuts over the weekend to help close a $1.1-billion budget deficit, but early learning programs largely dodged deep reductions, according to early analysis. But, this plan is only one step in a budgeting effort that will gather steam this week. On Wednesday, Gov. Christine Gregoire is[…..]

Washington State The future of universal prekindergarten: good, bad, or mediocre? – 12/8/10, Early Stories Blog State pre-kindergarten spending holds steady. What about the future? – 12/8/10, Birth to Thrive Online Gov. Orders Cuts As Preschool Waitlist Soars In Wash. – 12/08/10, KUOW.org West Valley awarded grant for home visitation program – 12/09/10, Yakima Herald[…..]