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WA preschool quality is improving, but access is limited

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) reports that Washington state is faltering  in the effort to deliver high-quality preschool education to children in need. Their report, The State of Preschool 2011, shows little improvement in access to preschool over

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Law Enforcement Leaders Speak Out for Early Learning

From the Washington News Service: SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington spends more than $800 million a year on corrections, and advocates for children believe there’s a way to reduce that number – by funding early learning programs. On Thursday, the Spokane

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Report: Pre-K Saved from Drastic Cuts, in WA and Elsewhere

By Chris Thomas, Public News Service SEATTLE – Although the economic crisis has taken its toll on many state-funded services nationwide, most pre-kindergarten (pre-k) programs have been spared, according to a new report from the Pew Center on the States.

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Moving early learning forward…but we need your help

Four bills that advance early learning are ready to be signed into law! EOI, the Children’s Alliance and early learning supporters across the state are asking Governor Gregoire to sign, in their entirety, E2SHB 3141, 2SHB 2731, SSB 6759, and

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Pre-K and Early Learning Legislative Update

With the legislative cut-off just behind us and less than a month to go until the end of the session, legislators are getting down to business. Early learning issues have been a hot topic in this year’s short supplemental session.

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News and Views: Early childhood education help kids, saves tax money too. Plus: A call for pre-k in basic ed; And: Lawmakers consider a childcare workers union.

Early childhood education (ECE) programs provide a strong educational foundation for learning and help kids prosper in school and in life. But according to a recent study from Michigan, that’s not all —  ECE programs may also provide long-term economic

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Listen live: The costs of disinvestment in early childhood education

From 12:05-12:10pm today (Wednesday the 27th) Sara Watson from Pew Center on the States will be on KUOW’s “The Conversation” to talk about the Partnership for America’s Economic Success recent early childhood education brief, The Costs of Disinvestment. You can

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News and Views: Will Washington’s early childhood education goals pass the test?

Today’s News and Views is about early childhood education, which has had trouble finding a home (and non-discretionary funding) in Washington State. Last year, early learning supporters — who range from policy experts to sheriff’s deputies — cheered when lawmakers

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How you can keep Washington’s schools strong — even during a budget crisis

If this is what is happening in Bellevue, imagine what’s happening in the rest of the state: “This year’s [2009] budget cuts resulted in 60 Bellevue teachers losing their jobs, elimination of all librarians in secondary schools, and larger class

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News Highlight | Learning for Life: King 5 News special report

King 5’s recent reporting on early education in Washington State includes interviews with businesses leaders and elected officials who have stated their strong support for early education programs. Studies prove early education programs with a high-quality curriculum and teacher training

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