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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[…..]

  Preschool can be a powerful tool that prepares students to succeed in school and life, but today six of 10 children don’t even attend public preschools that can make that difference, the U.S. Education Department reports.   In a new report, the Education Department lays out the stark reality that 59 percent of the[…..]

  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[…..]

  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[…..]

  Federal policymakers are divided, but in U.S. states there is bipartisan support for investing in pre-kindergarten, where pre-k spending has risen for the second consecutive fiscal year, according to a new report.   States boosted state spending on pre-k by $672 million in fiscal 2014-15, building on a 6.9 percent increase the year before,[…..]

  Early education work is already off to a fast start in 2015, with a strong show of bipartisan support in Seattle, a new initiative for dual language learners, and a report on quality in early learning getting things rolling.   In Seattle, King County hosted an Early Learning Symposium that drew some of the[…..]

  One of the things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving is the growing coverage of early education that is extending deep into mainstream media. Over the last week, there have been thoughtful features on universal preschool, an in-depth report about low pay for childcare workers, and even a story on academic research.   After[…..]

  The nine winners of the first Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge now face the same looming deadline and question: How will they sustain their work when the four-year grants run out next year?   A new set of polls suggest that the public wants them to keep up the good work.[…..]

  Washington state will compete for funding in the federal government’s new preschool grant contest that would help develop its Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), and it’s positioned to make a competitive run.   In its application, Washington can highlight its strong record of investment in ECEAP, including that it’s in the middle[…..]

  It is peak season for summer vacations, and there is a lot of early education reading you can tuck into your bag with your novels, glossy magazines and tablets. Play   Summer is a season of play, though it has an important role in the classroom, and National Public Radio explores its power and[…..]