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Category: Birth to Thrive Blog

Right now, we should all be proud Washingtonians!   The Early Start Act (House Bill 1491) is now on the governor’s desk, having passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, and the next biennial budget includes $158M more for early learning. As important as this historic investment in early learning is, we would[…..]

Good preschools are important, but preschools aligned with the first four grades of elementary school can be even more powerful because a PreK-3rd system can give students a strong start and foundation for success. Today, both Seattle and San Francisco are building these foundations.   As the city of Seattle prepares to launch its pilot preschool program[…..]

Early learning is playing on the national stage this week, with a new and dramatic proposal to change Head Start, and presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsing universal preschool. Under the new plan from the Office of Head Start, the federal preschool system would move to longer days and a longer year, the Associated Press[…..]

We work best when we work together. But, one of the bigger challenges in early learning is bringing together all the diverse programs and funding streams that support the earliest years in a coordinated system. This problem is often referred to as silos — early education programs operating in isolation instead of working within an[…..]

We’ve reached the home stretch of the legislative session! You can help us get to the finish by making calls and/or sending emails to your legislators and urging them to support investments in high-quality early learning. Reach out to your legislators by phone or email (find your legislators here, and click on their names to[…..]

How universal will universal preschool be? This month, the Education Department released a vision of inclusive early education, as a draft policy statement, which spells out the importance of including children with disabilities in early learning — and recommends ways to go about it. The vision raises important questions for the growing number of universal[…..]

It turns out preschoolers are studying science more than we may think, though they are not getting enough time to play, two separate studies out of Seattle found. The two findings may not be related, but suggest new ideas for preschool classrooms. One study showed that 4-year-olds can learn about the concept of weight –[…..]

Head Start turns 50 this week, a milestone that reminds us that in many ways the War-on-Poverty program pioneered the path that led to today’s push for a broad and high-quality early education system. Over the last half-century Head Start showed us how to build an effective preschool, from the importance of parental engagement and[…..]

Washington state is improving its public preschool system — it met nine out of ten quality benchmarks in a new national report — though it ranks lower in access to those preschool classrooms. In the annual State of Preschool, Washington was eighth in state spending; it spent $6,658 per child last year. On access to[…..]

Today, Thrive held its annual Leadership Luncheon to celebrate our state’s progress in early learning and the work we do with many partners statewide. Below is Thrive President & CEO Sam Whiting’s speech to nearly 500 attendees at The Westin Seattle.   Thanks for coming today, everybody.   And special thanks to Megan and Bentley[…..]