Month: July 2014

  It may be summer, but Washington educators will go back to school next week to work on the state’s early education continuum at the Starting Strong Sixth Annual P-3 Institute.   This year, the conference will begin by focusing on full-day kindergarten and the potential of marrying neuroscience and education, two areas where Washington[…..]

  Washington state made significant progress in building a high-quality early learning system over the past five years. And Republican and Democratic voters overwhelming say they support even more investments, a new poll says.   During the last decade, Washington has invested in a comprehensive early learning strategy, including expanding access to preschool. The percentage of children[…..]

  By Jane Partridge Project Coordinator Visions for Early Learning, West Regional Early Learning Coalition   This blog post was strongly influenced by the insights of Visions for Early Learning (VEL) member Christine Hanson, a member of the Nisqually Tribe and part of our Visions Work Team for Racial Equity. Christine passed away on July[…..]

  When students arrive for the first day of kindergarten, too often it’s like they are getting onto a moving train a few stops too late.   They should have jumped on the train in pre-kindergarten, if not at birth, and traveled on an integrated track to kindergarten.   Today, the New America Foundation laid[…..]

  The cost of child care for families is rising around the nation, increasing at eight times the rate of a family’s income in some places, but Washington state is working to make it more affordable for low-income parents.   In 2012, a U.S. family paid, on average, between $4,863 and $16,430 for a year of[…..]

  By Erin Tomlinson Early Learning Coordinator Southeast Early Learning Regional Coalition   “Love. Talk. Play.” is a message that supports ALL parents as their children’s first and most important teacher. We want parents to have the knowledge, confidence and skills to give their kids a great start in school and in life. But parents[…..]

  By Susan Barbeau First 5 FUNdamentals Executive Director   Before bringing together almost a dozen agencies that serve families in Pierce County, we knew only what we didn’t know. How many families were being served by home visiting programs? How old are the children who are receiving visits? Which families are enrolled in the[…..]

  One of the biggest education stories you may not be hearing about is happening in Seattle’s backyard, and one of its main plotlines revolves around early education.   In South Seattle and its neighboring suburbs, the Road Map Project is creating a comprehensive, and ambitious, plan to double college and career-ready rates by 2020[…..]

  By Alan Walker and Aimee White North Central Early Learning Regional Coalition   In Washington state, we are using data in a way that sets an example for early learning professionals throughout the country.   We were invited to hold a workshop, “How an Early Learning Collaborative is Enhancing its Data Use,” at the[…..]