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

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First Class in Learning – First Class in Life

Issue Brief | January 6, 2010

High-quality early learning cannot be achieved or sustained when the bonds between teacher

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Paving the Pathways to Quality

Report | March 17, 2009

Over the last several decades, a large body of rigorous research on early childhood educat

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Latest Blog Posts

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Legislators propose significant boost for WA preschool, child care programs

Gary Burris | January 22, 2015

A quick update on an exciting legislative effort — underway now — to significantly boost

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How Proposition 1A will put Seattle on the road to high-quality early learning

Gary Burris | October 27, 2014

Seattle’s Proposition 1A and Proposition 1B are both about high-quality early learning – but the similarities end there. Here’s why we recommend 1A for voters, and how 1B can be improved for next year.

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Why it Matters

Policy Success

Career & Wage Ladder

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