Month: February 2015

  Washington state has won another federal grant competition, this time earning an $11.5 million award to continue its nationally recognized home visiting work.   The federal Department of Health and Human Services announced Washington’s award as part of a $386 million set of state grants under the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting[…..]

Federal grant continues home visiting services statewide   Thanks to a $11.5 million federal grant, pregnant women and parents with young children living in some of Washington state’s highest needs communities will continue to get the home visiting services that are proven to curb abuse and neglect and give children and families a great start.[…..]

  The legislative session marches on! Lots of early learning action to report, but first – an advocacy opportunity for one and all.   We are collecting early learning stories to share with legislators. These can be the stories of families, providers, children, community members and more. The only requirement is that they speak to[…..]

  Federal policymakers are divided, but in U.S. states there is bipartisan support for investing in pre-kindergarten, where pre-k spending has risen for the second consecutive fiscal year, according to a new report.   States boosted state spending on pre-k by $672 million in fiscal 2014-15, building on a 6.9 percent increase the year before,[…..]

  Is the first thing on your to-do list every week to track the latest early learning legislative information and email your legislators at key points so they understand the implications of their policy decisions for your local community? Yes? Then this blog isn’t for you.   For everyone else, we know that advocacy is[…..]

  At age 5, our state’s Community Momentum work has reached an important milestone. Just like a kindergartner, we have grown and developed so quickly. And just like a kindergartner, we see some key learnings and connections in place, but we’ll need to continue to rely on others’ support and partnership to help us achieve[…..]

  Candidate forums provide an excellent opportunity to find out where elected officials and potential elected officials stand on early learning. Perhaps more important, forums offer a chance to hear a candidate’s position on the record. Advocates can then remind them of this position when it comes time to vote on key early learning legislation.[…..]

Site visits are a high-leverage way to build support for early learning and foster a relationship with policy makers, business leaders, funders, partners and more. Whether you bring them to a center-based preschool program, family childcare site, home visit, play and learn group, or some other early learning program, site visits provide an opportunity to[…..]

  Undertaking advocacy at any scale can be a big project, especially if your organization or agency doesn’t have dedicated staff support for it. That’s why the Birth to Five Policy Alliance, Spitfire Strategies and the First Five Years Fund created this advocacy toolkit.   It’s 56 pages of tipsheets, templates and one-pagers that you’re[…..]

  One of the most interesting education projects in the nation is in Seattle’s backyard, and The Road Map Project’s latest report presents a stark picture of the need for high-quality child care and preschool among the region’s struggling families.   In South King County, only about a quarter of low-income children are enrolled in[…..]