Month: January 2015

Raising your voice for early learning can take only a matter of minutes! Even if you don’t have a specific ask, it’s easy to let your legislators know that you want them to invest in our youngest children. Using the sample text below, you can contact them by email, phone, or even snail mail. First,[…..]

  The 2015 legislative session began with a bang! There has been a flurry of early learning developments. We’ve compiled some important highlights and action opportunities from the last week.   Action items and advocacy opportunities   Children’s Alliance put out an Early Start action alert. Sign and forward to others in your community who[…..]

When it comes to messaging early learning, the best thing you can do is stick to big ideas and core values. Most people are doing to engage with the issue at a very basic level, so stick to simple, universally understood messages. Below you’ll find key messages that you can use when talking about early[…..]

  I hadn’t spoken in a public forum directly to elected officials since the second grade. I spoke to the mayor of Antioch, Calif., (my hometown) to be acknowledged for an award for my essay on the U.S. Constitution. With that breadth of experience in my back pocket, I took the task of describing why[…..]

  By Jane Partridge Project Coordinator Visions for Early Learning   ¿Cuál es una diferencia que se ve en usted mismo o su crianza como resultado de esta clase? (What is one difference you see in yourself or your parenting as a result of this class?) “To help the best that I can my daughter[…..]

  Public programs often set ambitious goals, and sometimes fall short. But Washington state’s home visiting program not only exceeded a goal set by Results Washington to serve more families, it also did it a year early.   In one year, the number of parents and families with access to voluntary home visiting – which[…..]

  Now is our moment to make Washington a great state for great starts!   Last month Gov. Jay Inslee proposed the state’s largest-ever investment in early learning. And last week, the much-anticipated bipartisan Early Start Act (HB 1491/SB 5452) made its debut in the Legislature.   Sponsored by Sen. Steve Litzow (R-Mercer Island) and[…..]

  President Barack Obama once again made a splash about the importance of early learning with his State of the Union speech Tuesday. But the biggest waves in early education this year will likely be made by states.   In his annual address to the nation, the president proposed tripling and expanding the child care[…..]

  Washington state’s preschool program is producing impressive results, supporting larger gains among its alumnae on tests in elementary school than the average of a group of other programs around the country, a new study reports.   The positive report is a big boost for the 30-year-old Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), one of the nation’s[…..]

  Early education work is already off to a fast start in 2015, with a strong show of bipartisan support in Seattle, a new initiative for dual language learners, and a report on quality in early learning getting things rolling.   In Seattle, King County hosted an Early Learning Symposium that drew some of the[…..]