Month: November 2014

  One of the things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving is the growing coverage of early education that is extending deep into mainstream media. Over the last week, there have been thoughtful features on universal preschool, an in-depth report about low pay for childcare workers, and even a story on academic research.   After[…..]

  By Emily McPhee Home Visiting Collaborative Coordinator Investing in Children Coalition of South Central Washington   In Central Washington, a group of home visiting program supervisors meet monthly to dream. Their collective dream is to create a better system with improved access for families and to help support staff in the field. This group,[…..]

    By AnnaMaria Paruk, BurkeMobile Manager and Julia Miller, Early Childhood Education Specialist The Burke Museum The Burke Museum is working with the Port Angeles and Royal City communities to bring programming and resources to these areas. As an institution we have developed many onsite programs for our littlest learners but we have yet[…..]

  When the Washington state Legislature gets back to work in January it will be poised to continue its run of support for early learning. But, the budget landscape is marked by one significant feature: the state Supreme Court’s demand for a substantial down payment on a multi-billion investment in K-12 education.   Heading into[…..]

    By Jessica Griffin Programs Manager Imagine Children’s Museum   Science is all around us! Even young children can use scientific thinking to explore and learn about their surroundings.   At Imagine, we are partnering with under-resourced child care providers to provide teachers with training and resources about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).[…..]

    By Elizabeth Ketterer Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition   Children timidly approached the sound of laughter and splashing water, without knowing what to expect. Holding tightly to her parent’s hand, a child heard volunteers asking, “Will it sink or float?” As she looked around, everything was just her size. What initially felt overwhelming[…..]

  Neel Parikh’s accolades and awards are many. But when she is asked to name her No. 1 accomplishment in her 20 years of service to the Pierce County Library System, she names early learning.   As a former children’s librarian, Neel always recognized how important early learning is for families. She wanted to make[…..]

  Since the midterm elections, headlines and pundits have been screaming that Washington, D.C., is now a city divided. Despite this partisan divide the Republican-led Congress and Obama administration can make progress on early education during the next two years.   They can do this by sweating the ideologically smaller stuff, i.e., supporting preschool and[…..]

  The idea that we should invest in early education has gained momentum in recent years, crossing party and class lines to fuel ambitious new programs and a growing movement in cities, states and the federal government.   But this momentum will only carry early education, whether it’s high-quality preschools, home visiting or professional development,[…..]