Tag: early learning

Message from Dr. Candace Kendle, 2016 Leadership Luncheon Keynote Speaker: It was a pleasure to participate in the Thrive Washington 2016 Leadership Luncheon on April 6th and discuss how early childhood experiences influence not only each child’s learning potential but our nation’s future workforce. We need your help to teach all parents and future parents[…..]

The White House, in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services and Invest in US, hosted a symposium last week to highlight the importance of promoting active science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning for our youngest children. Sam Whiting, Thrive president and CEO, attended the event along with hundreds[…..]

A renewed and expanded partnership between state agencies and home visiting programs will increase services to families receiving TANF funds. SEATTLE – Increased funds will expand a home visiting pilot program established last year, providing about 350 families who receive state assistance access to home-based support that is proven to help children develop healthier and[…..]

“Don’t let candidates stop at saying they support early learning. Ask them how they’re going to do it.” — Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network.   We all play an important role in making sure local, state and national policymakers are committed to supporting our youngest children and their families. And 2016[…..]

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[…..]

  In South Seattle, one public school is quietly showing the power of connecting early learning and traditional elementary school with a preK-3rd system.   At South Shore K-8 School, pre-kindergarten in an integral part of the philosophy and building. In the school’s early education wing, preK classrooms run down one side and kindergarten classes[…..]

  State spending on early learning may be finally turning the corner. A new report on 21 state budgets found overall spending on child care, home visiting, pre-kindergarten and other early education increased, and Washington state was among the leaders.   The analysis of state appropriations reported funding for early learning rose roughly 1.5 percent in[…..]

  Early learning initiatives are gaining momentum around the country and one of the biggest challenges in that work is creating a common framework and language.   To help tackle that challenge, a new report created 48 leading early learning indicators, after reviewing more than 1,000. These indicators, or markers, span not only traditional data,[…..]

  Today, Thrive by Five Washington is launching a new digital forum — a community of practice and resources — to support the early learning system’s role in eliminating race as a factor in a child’s success.   More than a year of community conversations, research and development by hundreds of stakeholders are captured in two new webpages, Advancing Racial[…..]

  Around the nation, states and communities are building PreK-3rd systems. But, how will we know if teachers in these new systems are effective?   Today, the New America Foundation kicks off an important conversation about this critical topic in early education by releasing a new report, The Risks and Opportunities in Using Student Achievement[…..]