Tag: Quality Rating and Improvement System

Child care can be expensive, and its cost is a stark reminder of the importance of building high-quality early learning systems.   In Washington state, parents paid, on average, $12,733 a year for infant care at centers, and $9,588 for center-based preschool, Child Care Aware of America reports in its “Child Care in America: 2015[…..]

  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[…..]

  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’s preschool program is producing impressive results, supporting larger gains among its alumnae on tests in elementary school than the average of a group of other programs around the country, a new study reports.   The positive report is a big boost for the 30-year-old Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), one of the nation’s[…..]

  In Washington’s upcoming legislative session, quality will be a dominant theme in debates about early learning, quality in preschool, child care, and – perhaps most important – rating systems.   The state’s burgeoning rating system, Early Achievers, is at a critical stage. Today, more than 2,200 of the 7,000 providers around the state are[…..]

  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.[…..]

  Washington has been racing to top for more than a year and it has made a lot of progress, even as it adjusted at times on the way up.   The first year of the state’s Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant is chronicled in a story published this week by[…..]

  Washington state’s quality rating and improvement system, Early Achievers, took a big step this month when it expanded statewide, but the program looks a bit different than when it was launched five years ago.   It has been eight years since then-Gov. Christine Gregoire proposed a rating system for child care providers. Since then[…..]

  Washington state is considering a new experiment within its child care subsidies program that would give some of those subsidies directly to early learning providers.   The basic idea is simple. Under a demonstration project, a qualified provider would receive a limited number of child care subsidies that it would then assign to low-income families.[…..]

  This story is part of a series of stories that will explore Washington state’s Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge winning grant, plan and progress.   Washington’s quality rating and improvement system, Early Achievers, was one of the key reasons the state won a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant[…..]