Month: August 2015

We are in the final days of summer, and this fall holds the promise of important developments in early learning in the other Washington, and here in Washington state.   Earlier this year, the U.S. House and Senate may have surprised more than a few people by passing different versions of legislation that would change[…..]

Is it possible early learning could become an important campaign issue?   In recent weeks, early learning has popped up on the campaign trail and in the media. In the presidential primaries, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton proposed a plan last Friday to help student parents afford child care, The Washington Post reports. On Tuesday, a[…..]

Child care can be expensive, and its cost is a stark reminder of the importance of building high-quality early learning systems.   In Washington state, parents paid, on average, $12,733 a year for infant care at centers, and $9,588 for center-based preschool, Child Care Aware of America reports in its “Child Care in America: 2015[…..]

Research is helping to shape a new vision of early education, and a new set of studies are showing that social-emotional development and reading to your kids should be important parts of that vision.   Reading to Young Children Many parents, for example, know reading to their kids is a good thing. Now, a new[…..]

Thrive Washington is pleased to announce that five new community leaders have joined the organization’s board of directors. Sally Brownfield, Education Specialist, Squaxin Island Tribe. Sally has 35 five years of successful leadership and education experience in Washington state schools and organizations. She has taught in public and tribal schools, community colleges and universities. George[…..]

TACOMA, WA — Today, five state agencies reestablished their commitment to work together to make sure every child from birth to third grade gets the best start in life possible.   In front of more than 1,000 early learning professionals and K-3 teachers, the Department of Early Learning (DEL), the Department of Health (DOH), the[…..]