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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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Early learning for kids means big payoffs later in life

Dr. James Heckman, Nobel Laureate and a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, is an expert on human development. His work in economics, sociology, and psychology has given scientific weight to what many of us know to be anecdotally true

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Building strong foundations from the start is smart business

It is time for us as a community to decide what we can do to help the more than 35,000 children five and under be prepared on the first day of school. If we give our children the solid learning foundation that will serve them for the rest of their lives, we are also ensuring our Clark County businesses have the skilled, educated workforce needed for sustained economic growth and security.

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Early learning: Babysitters are nice, but teachers are better

Every parent wants their child to get a strong start in life and learn to his/her full potential – which is why today’s moms and dads want more than a daytime babysitter. They want their child(ren) to develop critical social

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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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Five (more) reasons why parents and children need paid family leave

A child’s earliest interactions with the world have tremendous effects on long-term development. Neural connections are most actively formed during the first few years of life – 700 new connections every second. This tidbit comes from Harvard University’s Five Numbers

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Paid Family and Medical Leave

Panel discussion on Finnish education with February film

An enviable education system seems to have replaced paying its war debts as the most common popular stereotype about Finland today. It seems that scarcely a day goes by without some media attention to the Finnish model, as teams of

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It’s tough for a kid to catch up when they start out behind

Following up yesterday’s post about the the big payoffs for intensive early learning programs, here’s another piece of the puzzle from Kevin Drum, excerpted from Mother Jones: The chart on the right compares four big English-speaking countries on a single

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Intensive early education: A better bang for the buck than primary and secondary school?

By Kevin Drum, excerpted from Mother Jones: Jon Cohn has an eye-opening piece in The New Republic, “The Two Year Window,” about advances in the science of early childhood development. It opens with a description of the Bucharest Early Intervention

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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
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