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Birth to Thrive Blog

  • Republicans and Democrats Support Early Learning Heading into the 2014 Elections

      Voters will decide control of the U.S. Senate, the fate of competing Seattle preschool plans and a slate of other important issues in two weeks, and new polls suggest they also will support early learning in key states.   In the latest sign that early education investment is a bipartisan issue, a majority of Republican […]

  • Voters Agree Children’s First Few Years are Important, Our Poll Finds

      I love talking with business leaders about early learning because they clearly understand how they benefit from this early investment: Businesses succeed in thriving communities. And at the heart of thriving communities are thriving families.   That’s why, the Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition’s annual Our Kids: Our Business luncheon with 150 business […]

  • Investing in STEM: Changing the Equation for Early Learners

      The research keeps adding up: Early math concepts and skills are a strong predictor of later reading and math achievement. It is widely understood that children should begin building literacy skills early on. Fewer people understand the need to foster early math skills, which connect directly to school success. We all can play a […]

  • Investing in What Matters Most

      By Jane Partridge Project Coordinator Visions for Early Learning   Food bank baskets filled with produce, a school library opened on a Saturday morning, and a magician waiting in the wings – all are an investment in nurturing resiliency in the small boy now listening to story-time with a farm-stand carrot held tightly in […]