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Birth to Thrive Blog

  • Olympic-Kitsap Peninsulas Home Visiting Summit

      By Marlaina Simmons Regional Coordinator Olympic-Kitsap Peninsulas Early Learning Regional Coalition   For the first time ever on the Olympic Peninsula, we are bringing together home visitors for networking and training.   In the field of home visiting, professionals face unique challenges and require specialized support. We hope to address some of their needs […]

  • New Poll Shows 70 Percent of Americans Support More Federal Dollars for Pre-kindergarten

      Once again Americans are saying they want the federal government to expand pre-kindergarten, with 70 percent supporting greater federal funding to ensure all children have access to a good pre-k classroom, a new Gallup poll found.   This is the second poll in the last two months that shows voters want improved access to […]

  • New Study Suggests There Are Better Ways to Teach Math in Early Education


      Toddlers can do math — basic probability and other concepts — and this discovery could lead to new ways of teaching mathematics in early learning classrooms and beyond, a new study suggests.   The Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) research showed that toddlers could figure out one strategy was more effective than […]

  • Washington State Should Make a Competitive Run in the Federal Preschool Grant Competition

      Washington state will compete for funding in the federal government’s new preschool grant contest that would help develop its Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), and it’s positioned to make a competitive run.   In its application, Washington can highlight its strong record of investment in ECEAP, including that it’s in the middle […]