Month: February 2014

  By Everett Public Library   Note: This is the last in a series of blogs about launching STEM activities for early learners at the Everett Public Library. See the first installment here and the second one here.   After we held a few of our STEM storytime events with Everett families, we had enough[…..]

  Week at a glance   Another policy committee cutoff hit. Today is the cutoff for bills to be voted out of the policy committee in the opposite chamber. For instance, a bill voted out the House and assigned to a Senate policy committee needs to be voted out of that committee by today in[…..]

  By Everett Public Library   Note: This is the second in a series of blogs about launching STEM activities for early learners at the Everett Public Library. See the first installment here, and the last one here.   In January, we presented two STEM playtimes for families at our Evergreen Branch in south Everett.[…..]

  By Everett Public Library   Note: This is the first in a series of blogs about launching STEM activities for early learners at the Everett Public Library. See the following installments here and here.   In our first training session from Thrive after receiving a Discoveries from the Field Fund grant, we learned about[…..]

  Child care aid is a big rung on the economic ladder because subsidies help struggling parents pay for child care while they work, train for a new job or go to school. This aid allows working but still poor parents to move into the ranks of the middle class.   Given its central role[…..]

  Week at a glance   “House of origin” cutoff. Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. was the deadline for bills to be voted out of their houses of origin. To give you an idea of the odds, about 37 percent of the bills introduced in the House passed that chamber; on the Senate side, about[…..]

  By Jill Johnson Early Learning Project Coordinator & Communications Specialist Community-Minded Enterprises / Northeast Early Learning Regional Coalition   The “Love. Talk. Play.” campaign has as its foundation that parents are their child’s first and most important teachers. Turns out that a Communications Specialist like me can learn a lot from parents too, as[…..]

  It is hard to create a truly effective early education system if all the architects are not talking to one another, and that is what’s happening when it comes to data, a new report found.   Nearly all U.S. states do not connect child-level data from the many state, local and federal early childhood[…..]

  Week at a glance   Fiscal committee cutoff hit; bills still moving face more steps. Feb. 11 was the cutoff for bills that cost money to implement to be voted out of the fiscal committees. This was the second cutoff (the first being the policy committee cutoff) and was another indicator of what bills[…..]

  Washington has been building a connected early education system for years, and if its still-emerging approach is going to close the achievement gap it should do more than increase quality, it should create high-quality child care and preschool.   This was one of the messages a team from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation[…..]