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Legislators propose significant boost for WA preschool, child care programs

A quick update on an exciting legislative effort — underway now — to significantly boost Washington’s early learning system. A bill introduced by Senator Steve Litzow and Representative Ruth Kagi (the Early Start Act – House/Senate) would improve access to quality pre-school and child care

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

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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UW’s online early learning degree cheaper, but not better for graduates

This spring the University of Washington announced with great fanfare its newest bachelor’s degree program. Joining in the chorus of support for early learning, UW has developed an on-line degree in early childhood education. This will prepare “individuals to work

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It’s critical to pay for early learning

My daughter is really good with little kids. She can really get them to open up. She engages with them – about who they are, what they want to do, what they could do. These are some of the qualities

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Why K-12 superintendents want to spend money on preschool, and why you should too

By Paul Nyhan, from MomsRising.org If you think only new parents and preschool teachers care about early education think again. A few weeks ago, a group of Washington state superintendents, principals, kindergarten teachers and parents called for bigger investments in

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How universal preschool is a boon to working mothers

It was only a few weeks ago that President Obama surprised nearly everyone by announcing a push for universal preschool in his State of the Union address and then traveling to Georgia, home of a successful preschool system, to talk

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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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You can’t win in America’s casino economy – unless you change the rules

A casino can be an entertaining way to pass the time, provided you know two things: 1) you’re probably going to lose; and 2) if you win, it’s not because of skill – its luck. But even “no-limit” poker is

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Check, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Minimum Wage, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Retirement Security, Social Security

Building Better Kids: It’s the Preschools, Stupid

From Mother Jones: A team of researchers has reported in Science on a long-term study of intensive preschool intervention in Chicago, and the results are pretty impressive. The study group is a cohort of mostly African-American children born in 1979-80,

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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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