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Thrive Washington’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Molly O’Connor has been named CEO, effective December 1.   Over the past 11 years, Molly has held various leadership roles at Thrive. Mostly recently, she served as executive vice president of external affairs, overseeing communications, policy and advocacy strategies and cultivating community partnerships to[…..]

Thrive Washington joins our national early learning colleagues in expressing grave concern for the irreparable damage being done to children at the U.S.-Mexico border. Taking away a parent – a child’s primary source of love, trust and comfort – is one of the most significant traumas you can inflict on a young child. The impact[…..]

Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Shoreline) announced yesterday that she won’t be seeking re-election after 20 years in the state Legislature. Rep. Kagi’s energy and vision for nurturing the children, youth and families of Washington state is a legacy few will ever match. While Rep. Kagi has said that she isn’t done yet fighting for what’s best[…..]

  Many states are working on applications for Race to the Top Early Learning grants this summer, and the New America Foundation has released an analysis that says 11 are top contenders in the competition. After weighing the requirements and priorities spelled out by the Education and Health and Human Services departments in the RTTT[…..]

  Even though the country was mired in one of the worst economic downturns in a generation, the cost of child care kept going up, a new report says. The cost of center-based care rose 1.9 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to a report from the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral[…..]

  Leading federal agencies released the application for Race to the Top Early Learning grants this week and are developing a statewide quality rating and improvement system that emerged as a — if not the — defining requirement. All of these new details raise a big question around here: How does Washington stand? After a[…..]

  It is clear early literacy is important and a new study shows connections between sophisticated literacy environments in preschool and reading scores in fourth grade. What is most interesting about the new study is the link between the use of advanced words in conversation and later developments in vocabulary and reading. One preschool teacher[…..]

  Education Week helped the debate about the Race to the Top by running an incredibly useful and tight review of the roles of kindergarten assessments in the competition. The story explores concerns that kindergarten assessments – one of only two absolute priorities states must address in applications for Race to the Top Early Learning[…..]

  The world is full of early learning news. Let’s get to it: ADHD Diagnoses Rises: A new study found nearly 1 in 10 children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and the increase may be fueled by better awareness among parents, doctors and other medical professionals, MSNBC.com reports today. While the rise[…..]

  It has been a tough ten years for children and families, with the child poverty rate spiking nearly 20 percent and more than one in ten children living with an unemployed parent last year, a report released today found. Kids Count reports the child poverty rate rose 18 percent between 2000 and 2009 and[…..]