Early Learning

Children with access to high-quality early learning and care (from birth to five years of age) do better in school, are more likely to graduate from high school and go on to college, and are less likely to commit crime. Public policies that support high-quality early learning programs lay the foundation for childrens’ academic success, improve our business climate and promote broad-based economic opportunity.

Research and Publications

report cover thumbnail
The Early Childhood Education Career and Wage Ladder

Fact Sheet | February 1, 2016

Policymakers and educators alike agree: high-quality early learning depends on the compete

report cover thumbnail
Building Political Will and Finding Public Revenue for Early Care and Learning

Report | January 24, 2016

Early childhood caregiving and education is plagued by underfunding. As a result, private

More publications >

Latest Blog Posts

Photo: Tax Credits (Flickr Creative Commons)
Inslee’s budget is pragmatic — but our students need state leaders to go bold

Marilyn Watkins | December 20, 2016

Whether delighted or appalled at the outcome of November’s national elections, pretty much

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

Aaron Keating | April 28, 2016

For Laura Chandler, seeing parents struggle with the rising costs of child care and dwindl

More posts >

Why it Matters

Policy Success

Career & Wage Ladder

Mother teaching her little child