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Where does Washington rank on pre-kindergarten?

The National Institute for Early Education Research released their annual “State of Preschool” Yearbook today, providing a truly comprehensive look at the size, spending, and quality of state pre-k programs across the country. (This on the heels of National Mathematics

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Posted in Check, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

An emerging consensus on early education

The New America Foundation recently noted an emerging consensus on early childhood education, as evidenced by recent editorials from right- and left-leaning columnists in the New York Times. Something similar is going on in Washington State, but it isn’t taking

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

Universal solutions offer hope for middle class and low-income families

The common line of reasoning around most poverty-fighting programs is that they are, by definition, designed to help those living in poverty. But Shaun Fremstad at Inclusion argues in his post today that in fact, program’s with univeral benefits have

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Check, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, Minimum Wage, Retirement Security, Social Security

Early childhood educator career and wage ladder: A small investment with big dividends

The Everett Herald notes how difficult it is for working parents to find high-quality, affordable child care. Washington’s Early Childhood Educator Career and Wage Ladder (in use at around 72 child care centers in the state) benefits around 5000 children

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

Connecting the dots – economic growth and quality child care

Amber Campbell’s recent column in the Beacon Hill News & South District Journal is a case study of how a lack of affordable quality child care is hobbling Washington’s current and future economic growth: Heidi Baxter – first-time mom, Valley

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Posted in Check, Early Learning, Educational Opportunity, K-12 Education

More Moms Moving States On Paid Family Leave, Fair Wages

Seems like we’ve always got a reason to say “thanks, Mom!” no matter how old we get. MomsRising.org – the so-called “naptime activists” – have been a potent force behind many state and local government efforts to promote policies that

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