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Birth to Thrive Blog

  • Better Pay for Teachers Is a Key to Early Education Reform

      The first in a series that explores compensation in early learning.   Preschool and child care teachers typically don’t earn high or even medium salaries. In fact, students who major in early childhood education earn the least during their careers, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution.   Low pay among early […]

  • The Five Things You Must Know About Early Learning in Southwest Washington

      By Lindsay Newcomer Coalition Coordinator Southwest Early Learning Regional Coalition   From the diversity of our region of the state, we draw great strength. Our Early Learning Regional Coalition starts in south Pacific county on the west and includes Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties. From Long Beach to the west and Alderdale […]

  • Why I Was Invited to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s Birthday

    Photo by White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

      I lived in New York City for five years, so traveling back to speak on a panel focused on racial equity in early learning was something I was really looking forward to. I still remember the passion and energy in the city around equity.   The attendees and panelists at last week’s event certainly […]

  • 110 More Preschool Spots for Children Most in Need in Southeast Washington

      By Erin Tomlinson Early Learning Coordinator Southeast Early Learning Regional Coalition   With funding from the state Department of Early Learning, 110 new full-day preschool spots are being offered in Finley, North Franklin, Columbia, and Pasco school districts this fall.   It’s part of preschool expansion funding that focuses on full day services and […]