Tag: Gov. Jay Inslee

Gov. Jay Inslee has chosen Rep. Ross Hunter, a 13-year legislator with experience in the public and private sectors, to lead Washington’s Department of Early Learning as the state opens a new chapter of its early education work. Hunter starts Sept. 8 and will earn $150,000 a year. A former PTA activist, Hunter brings a[…..]

  Bipartisan legislation that would strengthen the backbone of Washington state’s early education system, professional training for child care providers, and open a new chapter in the state’s push to create a high-quality system of child care and preschool now readies for the second half of the legislative session.   This week, companion Early Start[…..]

  Public programs often set ambitious goals, and sometimes fall short. But Washington state’s home visiting program not only exceeded a goal set by Results Washington to serve more families, it also did it a year early.   In one year, the number of parents and families with access to voluntary home visiting – which[…..]

  President Barack Obama once again made a splash about the importance of early learning with his State of the Union speech Tuesday. But the biggest waves in early education this year will likely be made by states.   In his annual address to the nation, the president proposed tripling and expanding the child care[…..]

  It has been a year of momentum in the world of early learning, capped by Gov. Jay Inslee’s commitment to high-quality preschool, home visiting and child care in his budget proposal and the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education.   At Birth to Thrive Online, we will take a break during the next two[…..]

  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee made an ambitious commitment to early learning this week, proposing a two-year $156.3 million budget that would invest in home visiting, a quality ratings system for licensed child care, and the state’s preschool program — and maintaining the state’s position as a national leader in early education.   Gov. Inslee[…..]

  President Barack Obama grabbed headlines recently for his renewed push to build a better early education system. But the president is just trying to catch up with states, where work has been gathering momentum for years.   Since the president’s latest push in his State of the Union address, a set of writers have[…..]

  It was a year of steady progress in early learning around Washington state. As the New Year begins we look back at the region’s top five stories in early education of 2013.   Racing Closer to the Top   Washington is wrapping up the second year of work implementing its Race to the Top[…..]

  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee proposed new early learning investments in his plan to enhance the current state budget, including creating 500 spots in the state-sponsored preschool program and supporting improvements in the state’s quality rating and improvement system.   This week, the governor officially kicked off the budget season by unveiling his supplemental budget.[…..]

  Sweeping early learning plans and ideas are making waves lately, but a smaller proposal that would create time for kindergarten teachers to meet with families when school begins holds the potential for better and more coordinated early education.   This year, Washington state legislators are moving a bill that would allow kindergarten teachers up[…..]