Month: April 2015

By AnnaMaria Paruk BurkeMobile Manager Here at the Burke Museum, we created two preschool programs for the Port Angeles and Royal City areas that included classroom visits, parent training, teacher training, and family events. While we are not finished with our programming, we wanted to develop something that could last between our visits — something[…..]

California Newsreel has produced an excellent series on early learning and the healthy development of our children. Raising of America is a 4-episode documentary series; the series offers a great opportunity to raise awareness in your local community about the importance of early learning and the need to invest in our youngest children and their[…..]

By Susanna Stratton STEM consultant for the Child Care Action Council As this project has progressed, the opportunity to attend Early Achievers cohort meetings for three separate counties has provided an outstanding platform for generating ideas, sharing experiences, and stimulating excitement for backyard STEM development. While working in conjunction with the structure of the monthly[…..]

  What is the value of a year in a high-quality preschool?   The answer to this question is complex and still emerging, but a new analysis may have provided a chunk of the answer this month by explaining what the Head Start Impact Study really tells us about the federal government’s largest preschool program.[…..]

  Congress is once again debating an overhaul of the nation’s overarching K-12 law, and the latest plan would improve early education, though those steps would be relatively small compared to initiatives in state capitols around the country.   This week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee is debating a bill that would revamp[…..]

  By Marlaina Simmons Program manager Olympic-Kitsap Peninsulas Early Learning Regional Coalition   Before I went to the Washington Capitol in late March, I was intimidated by the idea of acting as an advocate. It seemed scary, and like there was no way I, alone, could make a difference. But now I know that our[…..]

Bipartisan legislation that would strengthen the backbone of Washington state’s early education system, professional training for child care providers, and open a new chapter in the state’s push to create a….

  Preschool can be a powerful tool that prepares students to succeed in school and life, but today six of 10 children don’t even attend public preschools that can make that difference, the U.S. Education Department reports.   In a new report, the Education Department lays out the stark reality that 59 percent of the[…..]

By Alan Walker North Central Early Learning Collaborative   Four members of the North Central Early Learning Collaborative had the great pleasure of participating in the Thrive Washington Advocacy Day on March 26. Nancy Spurgeon, Maria Vasquez, Gaby Fernandez and I made the trek to Olympia to meet with four elected officials. This was Gaby’s[…..]

  This is a summary of the “Love. Talk. Play.” materials that are available for coalitions to request. Please send this order form to Holly when you need to order materials.   Materials available   Foldout activity poster   Available in Chinese, English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. This is the piece that goes in[…..]