Tag: Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge

  Washington is on track for a strong finish in its Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge, hitting goals in quality improvement, professional development and kindergarten readiness. But without fresh investments, the state could stumble when the $60 million grant runs out next year, a new report suggests.   After three years of[…..]

  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee made an ambitious commitment to early learning this week, proposing a two-year $156.3 million budget that would invest in home visiting, a quality ratings system for licensed child care, and the state’s preschool program — and maintaining the state’s position as a national leader in early education.   Gov. Inslee[…..]

  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[…..]

  Voters will decide control of the U.S. Senate, the fate of competing Seattle preschool plans and a slate of other important issues in two weeks, and new polls suggest they also will support early learning in key states.   In the latest sign that early education investment is a bipartisan issue, a majority of Republican[…..]

  Washington’s bid for a federal Preschool Development Grant is shaping up to be more than a request for funding. It will be a bid to transform public preschool across the state.   In its application, Washington will lay out its vision of a coordinated and voluntary preschool system that encompasses a wide range of[…..]

  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[…..]

  Washington state is halfway through its federal Race to the Top work, and it’s on pace to finish strong, even after hitting a few bumps.   When Washington won its $60 million federal Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant two years ago it set ambitious goals for its quality rating and[…..]

  Congressional negotiators struck a deal to fund the federal government this week, and within it agreed to start work on President Barack Obama’s early learning proposal.   The latest congressional budget deal funds two elements of the early education plan the president featured in his 2013 State of the Union address: a competitive grant[…..]

  It was a year of steady progress in early learning around Washington state. As the New Year begins we look back at the region’s top five stories in early education of 2013.   Racing Closer to the Top   Washington is wrapping up the second year of work implementing its Race to the Top[…..]

  Washington won its Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant two years ago and a couple of new updates show the state is making progress in key areas.   The state’s winning application largely focused on work in three strategies: its quality rating and improvement system, Early Achievers a kindergarten transition system,[…..]