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[…..]

  It is a busy time in the world of early education, with good news for home visiting in Congress, new recommendations for the early learning workforce and success implementing full-day kindergarten in Washington’s Bellingham School District.   Home Visiting Progress   Congress moved closer to renewing the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting[…..]

  Washington state has won another federal grant competition, this time earning an $11.5 million award to continue its nationally recognized home visiting work.   The federal Department of Health and Human Services announced Washington’s award as part of a $386 million set of state grants under the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting[…..]

  Imagine if we could treat high blood pressure, hypertension and diabetes before those illnesses even showed up in adults.   Child care may have that power.   New research shows that children who attended a child care program that ranks among the best in the nation, Abecedarian, were less likely to have high blood[…..]

  In Congress, House leaders reached a bipartisan agreement to extend federal funding for a core element of Washington state’s early learning strategy, home visiting, which focuses on the first and most important three years of a child’s development.   The legislation wouldn’t fund only Washington’s work. The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting[…..]

  In Congress, legislators unveiled a long-awaited plan today to expand high-quality pre-kindergarten to all low-income families through a new federal-state partnership and make new investments in child care.   The legislation’s focus is on creating new pre-k programs, funding qualified state-run pre-k and improving existing pre-k around the country. Similar bills were introduced in[…..]

  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[…..]

  You have heard of “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But what about all the other preventive services and supports that help a person thrive – mental health, school readiness, physical health and wellness – all the way from birth to adulthood? And what about measures to lift up adults as they[…..]