Tag: poverty

  One of the most interesting education projects in the nation is in Seattle’s backyard, and The Road Map Project’s latest report presents a stark picture of the need for high-quality child care and preschool among the region’s struggling families.   In South King County, only about a quarter of low-income children are enrolled in[…..]

  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[…..]

  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[…..]

  If you have not already packed your three-day weekend with barbecues, hikes, camping trips or beach time, we have five top early education stories for your weekend reading.   You can weave these stories among your pop-culture magazines or whatever you loaded on your Kindle. It’s a totally subjective list, but these stories cover[…..]

  Washington state families are still battling a weak economy, with one out of six children living in poverty and preschool enrollment below the national level, a new report says.   Even though the Great Recession ended in 2009, the percentage of children living in poverty rose to 18 percent in 2011, from 14 percent[…..]

  Washington state families are struggling these days, with more than one in three children living in households that too often can’t afford groceries, decent housing and other basic needs, a new report says.   Despite a healthier economy, Kids Count Washington found more Latino and black families struggled with basics. In 2011, 66 percent[…..]

  Poverty is moving deep into America’s suburbs and that shift means new challenges and opportunities for early educators.   Today, the Brookings Institution released a new book that shows poverty has grown faster in the nation’s suburbs than its cities and calls for new thinking and strategies.   For decades, suburbs added poor residents[…..]

  The New Year is here and it is time to look back at some of the top Birth to Thrive stories of 2012. It was a busy year for early learning in Washington, as the state began work on its Race to the Top plan, which is now a big part of its ongoing[…..]

  The Great Recession ended more than three years ago, but in key ways children are still stuck in the economic downturn, with the number relying on food stamps continuing to rise and the child poverty rate remaining high, a new report says.   Today, 46 million Americans use food stamps, officially known as the[…..]

  One of the first steps towards narrowing the educational achievement gap can occur in child care when lower-income parents find affordable high-quality care.   But, a new report shows that nearly all U.S. states fail to support good child care in a critical area: market-based reimbursement rates for providers. Only one state, New York,[…..]