You Pay How Much for Child Care?

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Sarah Clark | August 15, 2018

Every parent in Washington State wants quality learning opportunities for their kids and every provider wants to provide quality care for each child in their classrooms. The question is: who bears the cost? Pressure on providers and parents to bear this cost is unsustainable. In 2016, The U.S. Department of H

Do We Value Pets More than Educating Young Children?

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Sarah Clark | July 16, 2018

The high cost of child care is a major stumbling block for parents of young children. In the greater Seattle area, it costs $17,472 annually for infant care and $15,288 for toddlers, which is more that undergraduate in-state tuition at the University of Washington. Even in less expensive markets, such as Yaki

Washington’s Education is Still Underfunded; the Legislature Remains in Contempt

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Issue Brief | John Burbank | November 7, 2017

For a PDF of this report, click here. The Washington State Constitution states: “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.” [1] In 2014, the State Supr

As Child-Care Costs Reach Crisis Level, How Can WA Help?

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| July 18, 2017 | Public News Service

No one is profiting from the high cost of child care

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Carolanne Sanders | June 14, 2017

Affordable child care is becoming increasingly unobtainable for Washington families. As the need for child care continues to grow, investment in public programs is dropping and providers are leaving the workforce. A study from New America shows that it costs more to send a child to preschool than a public col

Inslee’s budget is pragmatic — but our students need state leaders to go bold

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Marilyn Watkins | December 20, 2016

Whether delighted or appalled at the outcome of November’s national elections, pretty much everyone agrees good schools are important. Every kid deserves a shot at opportunity, regardless of the color of their skin, the income of their parents, or the zip code of their residence. Beyond that basic human right

Inslee’s Budget A Victory For Equitable Education

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| Marilyn Watkins | December 20, 2016 | South Seattle Emerald

Improving Early Childhood Education Through Workforce Compensation

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Issue Brief | Carolanne Sanders, John Burbank | October 20, 2016

Washington has taken commendable steps toward building a high quality early childhood education system. Substantive public investment in early learning – primarily through the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) and Early Achievers Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) –  is expand

Wages too low, options too few: Washington’s child care crisis impacts children, parents, providers

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Aaron Keating | April 28, 2016

For Laura Chandler, seeing parents struggle with the rising costs of child care and dwindling availability is almost a daily occurrence. Chandler has worked as an early learning curriculum coordinator at Small Faces in Seattle for almost three decades: “I’m proud to work in child care, but after 28 years in t

Building political will and finding public revenue for early care and learning

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John Burbank | March 24, 2016

Early childhood caregiving and education is plagued by underfunding. As a result, private “tuition” is often higher than that of higher education, while caregivers and teachers work themselves into poverty. For example, the average annual cost of child care in a child care center in 2014 in Washington State w

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