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Birth to Thrive Blog

  • 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 […]

  • Voters Want Greater Investments in Giving Young Children a Great Start in Life

    • July 23rd, 2014
    • Author: Paul Nyhan
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      Washington state made significant progress in building a high-quality early learning system over the past five years. And Republican and Democratic voters overwhelming say they support even more investments, a new poll says.   During the last decade, Washington has invested in a comprehensive early learning strategy, including expanding access to preschool. The percentage of children […]

  • Washington’s Preschool Program Doing Well on Quality, Working on Expanding Access

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      Washington’s public preschool program ranked among the leading states in quality and funding, sitting among the top 10 that hit quality benchmarks, according to an annual review of preschools across the country.   But, the state must complete an ambitious expansion of preschool in the coming years to fulfill its commitment to broader access […]

  • The Current and Future Role of Business in Early Education

      Business leaders are a growing force in early education, as executives recognize the strong workforce they are demanding starts developing in the womb, crib and preschool classroom. Today, many businesses not only support early learning, but also help shape public policies.   Their role was clear over the last week. A coalition of business […]