Year: 2013

  It was a year of steady progress in early learning around Washington state. As the New Year begins we look back at the region’s top five stories in early education of 2013.   Racing Closer to the Top   Washington is wrapping up the second year of work implementing its Race to the Top[…..]

  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee proposed new early learning investments in his plan to enhance the current state budget, including creating 500 spots in the state-sponsored preschool program and supporting improvements in the state’s quality rating and improvement system.   This week, the governor officially kicked off the budget season by unveiling his supplemental budget.[…..]

  We have a federal budget deal and in the new lowered-expectation Congress, early education does not fare too badly.   Under the proposed deal, cuts to domestic spending will not be as severe in the coming fiscal year. Head Start, for example, already lost 57,000 slots in the current fiscal year, but should do[…..]

  Washington won its Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant two years ago and a couple of new updates show the state is making progress in key areas.   The state’s winning application largely focused on work in three strategies: its quality rating and improvement system, Early Achievers a kindergarten transition system,[…..]

Thrive carries out all its work with a racial equity lens, helping to make sure policies, practices and behaviors provide opportunities for all children and families. This winter, we are taking a closer look at equitable access to home visiting services in our state. Starting with focus groups and the guidance of an advisory group,[…..]

After you finish the last piece of pie, we have a set of stories about what’s happening in early education for your Thanksgiving break:   “Cities Lead the Charge on Pre-K.” Ed Central, New America Foundation, 11/21/13. (Follow the story’s author, @MeganCarolan, for the latest developments in early learning.)   One of the biggest early[…..]

In a merger of cutting-edge science and early education Washington state has launched a new initiative that will train early educators in the importance of teaching executive function, known as the air traffic control of learning and behavior.   In 15-week sessions, 70 child care educators and teachers will meet in smaller groups with trained[…..]

We look forward to chatting with you all tomorrow on the conference call! We hope that the design thinking has been useful in planning your projects. Here are some STEM related articles and resources that we’ve come acrossed that might be of interest for you all.  Chart and Case Studies of the Next Generation Science[…..]

  In Congress, legislators unveiled a long-awaited plan today to expand high-quality pre-kindergarten to all low-income families through a new federal-state partnership and make new investments in child care.   The legislation’s focus is on creating new pre-k programs, funding qualified state-run pre-k and improving existing pre-k around the country. Similar bills were introduced in[…..]

  Washington is one of the most expensive states for center-based infant care and has one of lowest rates of enrollment in preschool in the nation.   In a new Child Care Aware report, Washington ranked as the ninth least affordable state for center-based care for infants. Oregon was the most costly. Only three out[…..]