Washington State early learning efforts gain private support. Plus: Teaching democracy by improving school lunches

September 10, 2009 | Aaron Keating

A Private Infusion of Cash for Two Early Learning Programs in Washington State: In August, the Gates Foundation and Thrive by Five announced grants totaling $8 million for two early learning programs in the state of Washington. The White Center Early Learning Initiative and East Yakima’s Ready by Five program will each receive $4 million over the next year to continue supporting children and their families as they prepare for kindergarten. Early Ed Watch

Want to Teach Democracy? Improve School Lunches: We are learning that when schools serve healthier meals, they solve serious educational and health-related problems. But what’s missing from the national conversation about school lunch reform is the opportunity to use food to teach values that are central to democracy. Better food isn’t just about test scores, health and discipline. It is about preparing students for the responsibilities of citizenship. Alice Waters

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