Tag: Universal preschool

Washington state’s work in early learning during the last decade has been an incredible story, defined by its success building high-quality systems of child care and preschool and its emergence as a national leader in early education. I have been lucky to cover this story for Thrive Washington, the breakthroughs in research and practices, impressive[…..]

Seattle launches its new preschool program this fall, and it’s focused on building high-quality classrooms.   This week, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced the city’s new system will initially serve about 230 students in four programs. The programs were chosen because they are near low-performing schools, serve diverse communities and will engage families, the mayor’s office says.[…..]

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[…..]

Early learning is playing on the national stage this week, with a new and dramatic proposal to change Head Start, and presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsing universal preschool. Under the new plan from the Office of Head Start, the federal preschool system would move to longer days and a longer year, the Associated Press[…..]

How universal will universal preschool be? This month, the Education Department released a vision of inclusive early education, as a draft policy statement, which spells out the importance of including children with disabilities in early learning — and recommends ways to go about it. The vision raises important questions for the growing number of universal[…..]

Washington state is improving its public preschool system — it met nine out of ten quality benchmarks in a new national report — though it ranks lower in access to those preschool classrooms. In the annual State of Preschool, Washington was eighth in state spending; it spent $6,658 per child last year. On access to[…..]

  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 first in a series that explores compensation in early learning.   Preschool and child care teachers typically don’t earn high or even medium salaries. In fact, students who major in early childhood education earn the least during their careers, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution.   Low pay among early[…..]

  As the federal preschool initiative largely stalls, for now, Seattle is quietly making progress towards city-wide preschool and a higher profile for early learning, proof that much of true early education reform is happening locally.   In recent weeks, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray rolled out his budget plan – he unveiled his official fiscal[…..]

  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[…..]