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Category: Birth to Thrive Blog

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[…..]

By Manuela Crowley Director of Math Education, Zeno After 10-plus years bringing engaging math experiences to elementary schools in the Puget Sound, Zeno is excited to roll out our first program that focuses exclusively on early learners and the adults in their lives. MathWays for Early Learning is designed to equip pre-K families and early[…..]

There are a number of critical pieces of legislation related to early learning in the 2015 legislative session. The legislature is still in the midst of an extended session (special session) as they work to finalize a bipartisan budget, so the final outcome of each of these bills remains to be determined: The Early Start[…..]

When we applied for the Discoveries from the Field Fund grant from Thrive Washington, we knew: exactly what we wanted to do, some materials and activities to complete it, and who in our community would be able to implement it. But after attending the first meeting with our fellow grantees in October, we knew that[…..]

Imagine Children’s Museum goal is for teachers to increase their confidence in teaching STEM. Using activities designed to actively fuel learning, teachers have embraced unit themes covered thus far (rain, plants, birds, air and magnets) and eagerly await future topics. Activities have ranged from creating a balloon race track to learn about air movement, to[…..]

Visit the Frye on the first Friday of the month and you will find nearly 100 preschool children, parents, and caregivers singing and marching their way through the galleries. What’s the excitement? They’re learning to grow seeds, of course! The Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT) is reading “And Then It’s Spring” by Julie Fogliano, all while[…..]