Tag: politics

  Washington state made significant progress in building a high-quality early learning system over the past five years. And Republican and Democratic voters overwhelming say they support even more investments, a new poll says.   During the last decade, Washington has invested in a comprehensive early learning strategy, including expanding access to preschool. The percentage of children[…..]

  Pre-kindergarten investments may be moving to one of the most valuable positions in American politics: the middle.   A new story in Politico shows how pre-kindergarten reform has broadened its support beyond progressives, sometimes in both parties, to mainstream Republicans and Democrats in “Pre-K education gets seat — in political center.”   This is[…..]

  We will tackle what the 2012 elections mean for early learning next week, once we know who Washington state’s next governor will be.  Today, let’s review material that can help shape public policy about child care, pre-kindergarten and PreK-3rd during the next four years.   A video can be worth a thousand words, and[…..]

  Two weeks ago, I wrote about the vagueness of both presidential candidates on early learning issues. Today we know a bit more, but the new details are not too helpful.   Last week, Phil Handy, an education adviser to Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign, described Head Start “more as a social experience, not preparing children for school,” Slate[…..]

  We write a lot about the importance of school readiness, high-quality classrooms and access, but when a child arrives hungry at preschool or child care, it erodes those investments.   A new report from Feeding America shows 1 in 5 U.S. children were hungry or food insecure in 2010, which means they had limited[…..]

  Today, we are starting an occasional series about the early learning legacy of Gov. Christine Gregoire, who will step down as Washington’s governor in January. In future stories, we will examine her work on the Quality Rating and Improvement System, school readiness and the role of science in her public policies.   As Gov.[…..]

  In neighboring Oregon, early education work is gaining momentum, thanks in part to a supportive governor and one small but ambitious project.   Earlier this year, the state legislature approved a plan to develop two of the building blocks of high-quality early learning: a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and a kindergarten readiness[…..]

  On Tuesday, politicians, advocates and journalists got together in the nation’s capitol to talk about the importance of high-quality early learning and their message was clear: It is an economic issue but not really a campaign issue.   The buzz from the Education for Success summit was that investments in early learning produce strong[…..]

  The early learning world is buzzing these days. Let’s get to a few of the leading developments.   Follow Up on Kids Count 2012   One of the findings of yesterday’s Kids Count report was that children of color often scored worse on its well-being indicators than white children, CLASP reports in an analysis[…..]

  It is campaign season and among all of the groups trying to get the attention of voters, an effort in North Carolina has a new and interesting approach to gaining support for early learning.   The First 2000 Days campaign was launched last Wednesday to generate support for early learning by highlighting that there[…..]