Category: Posts by Paul Nyhan

Parent engagement is vital to a child’s early development, and Washington parents are doing a relatively good job, with a majority of moms and dads reading and singing to their kids, a new report says.   In our state, roughly two-thirds of parents (67 percent) with kids age 5 and younger tell stories and sing[…..]

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[…..]

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[…..]

  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[…..]