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    Training Makes a Difference

    Report | February 7, 2012 | By Gary Burris, Allyson Frederickson

    For many families, finding child care arrangements that are affordable and available at the times needed can present a great challenge. Many parents rely on child care provided through an informal network of family members, friends, and neighbors (FFN). Parents may choose a family, friend or neighbor over a m

    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 and child are broken because teachers leave their jobs to gain higher paid employment in order to support their own families. But a 2005 report by the Economic Policy Institute estimates that 40% of Washington’s child c

    Paving the Pathways to Quality

    Report | March 17, 2009 | By Hannah Lidman, Cameron Clark, Chloe Diamond

    Over the last several decades, a large body of rigorous research on early childhood education has repeatedly shown what many in the field already know: teachers are the most central figures in the quality of care. This overarching finding is based on the results of numerous studies examining the differences b

    Respecting Early Learning: Giving Early Childhood Education Directors and Teachers a Voice

    Issue Brief | February 24, 2009 | By Hannah Lidman, John Burbank

    Early learning is the basis for our children’s success in school, in work, and life. High-quality early learning relies on the most critical factors in teacher-child interaction: the teacher’s own professionalism, education, compensation, and morale. But the market for child care is fundamentally broken in Wa

    Early Childhood Education Career and Wage Ladder

    Fact Sheet | January 15, 2009

    The most important elements of high-quality early childhood education are the compensation, consistency, and education and training of child care teachers. Based on this knowledge, in 2005 the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law House Bill 1636, the Early Childhood Education Career and Wage La

    A conversation with David Kirp

    Video | November 10, 2008

    David Kirp is a professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. His body of work includes some fifteen books, as well as many articles that have appeared in leading policy focused social science journals and law reviews. His latest book is “The Sandbox Investment: T

    Video: A World of Opportunity

    Video | February 28, 2008

    Based on finding from the report: “A World of Opportunity”. The report showcases the practical findings and the transformational nature of a study mission undertaken by a diverse group of 21 people (including members of the media, public school leadership and childcare program directors, policymakers, and bus

    A World Of Opportunity: Inspirations From Abroad For Early Learning At Home

    Report | February 1, 2008 | By Hannah Lidman, John Burbank

    This report shares both the practical findings of the study tour and the transformational nature of the experience. The report begins with the nature and make-up of the study trip followed by a short introduction to early learning in England and Finland. The main body focuses on broad themes that sparked insp

    Washington’s Early Childhood Education Career and Wage Ladder

    Fact Sheet | January 28, 2008

    First instituted in 2000, the Early Childhood Education Career and Wage Ladder (the Ladder) sought to improve the quality of child care by supporting the career goals of child care workers, based on policy research indicating the most important elements of high quality early childhood education are the compen

    Early Childhood Education Study Tour Briefing Book

    Report | September 1, 2007

    Welcome to the briefing book for the Economic Opportunity Institute & World Forum Foundation 2007 Early Learning Study Tour to England and Finland. This book sought to provide study tour participants with a basic factual grounding in the early learning systems of these two nations. It draws comparisons be

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